Immigration police officers threatened with layoffs

The security minister said the immigration police face massive layoffs because 90 percent of the officers do not have the qualifications specified in a new manual that may go into force.

The minister’s statements have the backdrop of prolonged labor negotiations between the ministry and the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, which represents the Policía Profesional de Migración.

The minister, Mario Zamora Cordero, said that only 23 officers in the 401-person force meet the requirements of the new manual. The minister is stalling the implementation of the new manual, which the union supports and wants training for the members of the force to bring them up to the required standard.

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