U.S. assisting in setup of anti-corruption unit

The U.S. government has invested $125,000 to help security ministry officials set up a new internal affairs department.

This is the department that looks into internal corruption and other crimes by ministry employees.

The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública has combined its office of inspector general of the Fuerza Pública with its disciplinary department in the hopes of clearing a staggering backlog of complaints against police officers.

The U.S. Embassy said, quoting La Nación, that there are 2,660 pending complaints against police officers. The degrees of seriousness vary as does the evidence. But the embassy staff and the ministry are counting on electronic measures to expedite the resolution of the cases.

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