U.S. Embassy delivers personal protection equipment to security and law enforcement institutions in El Salvador
June 26, 2020
The U.S. Embassy, through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL), donated gloves, masks, thermometers, disinfectants and cleaning supplies for officials of government security and law enforcement institutions in El Salvador. The ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador Ronald Johnson, the Director General of the National Civil Police (PNC), Mauricio Arriaza Chicas; Director General of Customs Héctor Gustavo Villatoro and Deputy Director of Prisons Elmer Mauricio Mira.
The donation of personal protection equipment, valued at more than $120,000, is part of a special fund for public officials of partner governments in the area of law enforcement and justice. This donation is a further demonstration of the U.S. commitment to support the efforts of the various agencies of the government of El Salvador that are making efforts to flatten the curve of positive cases of COVID-19.
The equipment will help law enforcement and justice authorities ensure better protection for police officers and prison guards, who are working on the front lines to stop the expansion of COVID-19 into the national territory and into prisons.
The delivery of this equipment is part of a larger donation to the strategy aimed at security and justice institutions to reduce the overall statistical curve of cases.