Guatemala to Track Police Movements
In a country where citizens lack confidence in a law enforcement system plagued by charges of abuse, Guatemala will equip its police officers with microchips so their movements can be tracked. Guatemala’s 25,000-strong police force (in a country of 14 million) has instilled little confidence in the public following the arrest of former top officials on a wide array of charges, including murder.
Police will also get new uniforms “so they can be considered friends of the population.” Currently all police wear black uniforms, which would now be reserved for special forces and other elite units.
Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has promised to put an additional 10,000 new police officers on the streets, but so far progress in this effort has been slow.
Do you feel these efforts will prove to be effective?
Should more countries follow this example when improving the police system?