20 July 2012
Police Reform in Guatemala: Obstacles and Opportunities
This report examines the government of Guatemala's efforts in the area of police reform. Underfunded, poorly trained and often outgunned, the National Civil Police (PNC) are frequently incapable or unwilling to confront criminals and gain the public trust needed to build a state based on rule of law. Rising crime rates have compounded the difficulties faced by reformers in the country. The report suggests steps that the government, with international backing, should undertake to ensure that the PNC becomes a professional force capable of investigating and preventing the crime that threatens Guatemalan democracy.
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