The National Civilian Police (PNC), with financing from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), inaugurated a new Internal Affairs Unit at a commemoration ceremony at the headquarters of the PNC in San Salvador. The Internal Affairs Unit will implement elements of the anti-corruption strategy for the police force.
Ambassador Manes said: “The Internal Affairs Unit that we are inaugurating today is a step towards a more professional and modern police force, with adequate spaces to carry out your work, and with the necessary processes and protocols to face and resolve situations when they arise.”
The event was chaired by the Chief of the Secretariat of Professional Responsibility, Alicia Mendes; the Human Rights Ombudsman, Raquel de Guevara; the General Director of the PNC, Howard Cotto; the U.S. Ambassador, Jean Manes; and, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde.
The anti-corruption strategy supports the five pillars of PNCs mission: risk management; citizen services; transparency and access to information; rationalization of procedures and accountability; and, human rights. The Internal Affairs Unit is in charge of investigation and pursuit of crimes against the public interest that involve the police. In 2017 the unit opened 1,452 new cases and arrested 149 members of the PNC for involvement in criminal acts.