Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spain Confirms Police Assistance

Secretary of State for Iberomérica of Spain, Trinidad Jimenez, this morning confirmed Spain's support to public security forces, mainly in regard to staff training on the prevention and prosecution of crime.

Jimenez confirmed the cooperation between Spain and Guatemala, one of the most sensitive issues for the Guatemalan people, this morning during a meeting with Interior Minister, Salvador Gándara, conducted at the residence of the embassy, located in Zone 14. Gandara said the professional staff will allow the police more effective in crime prevention and actions in the street, and also increased investigative skills. He said that the support is not in the form of financial aid but in training.

According to Gandara, the Spanish secretary shares the same concerns as other consuls stations in Guatemala, in terms of insecurity, mainly with respect to foreigners.

In this regard, he said that sharing information with the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat) to involve them in plans to attract tourists and tha the police can provide adequate security. During his tenure in Guatemala, Jimenez has secured the support of Spain for social programs, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), and now for the security forces. In 2008, Spain awarded about U.S. $5.6 million for security.

See previous story on this topic:
http://maya-paradise.blogspot.com/2009/01/los-mossos-will-train-pnc.html

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