Latin American police officials fight crime while protecting human rights

first_img Other security forces have registered important victories against organized crime in recent months. For example, in January 2014, Colombina National Police (PNC) agents captured Gustavo Velasquez Rodríguez,, who is known as “The Lord of War” and “Strong Hand.” The of Lord War is suspected of being the principal arms dealer for Los Urabenos, authorities said. PNC agents captured The Lord of War on January 18, 2014, in Medellín. Authorities have charged him with murder, organized crime activity, and firearms offenses. In addition to selling firearms to Los Urabenos, The Lord of War is suspected of having provided illegal weapons to Víctor Ramón Navarro, a drug trafficker linked to the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), according to a PNC statement. Navarro is also known as “Megateo”. The meeting in Quito took place four months after the annual Police Community of the Americas (Ameripol) summit was held in Costa Rica. The VI Ameripol Summit took place in November, 2013. Officials who attended that meeting discussed how to improve international cooperation and coordination in the fight against organized crime. The event was attended by members of the police forces of Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, among others. Rodolfo Palomino, the director of Colombia’s National Police, and Costa Rican Public Security Minister Mario Zamora were among the security officials who spoke at that conference. “We are faced with a transformation in criminal behavior. We are no longer up against the big cartels, the groups have become smaller. The situation is evolving and it poses us some new challenges, the criminals respect neither laws nor borders,” Palomino said. Protecting human rights High-ranking officials and representatives of the police forces of Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Colombia met recently in Quito, Ecuador, to exchange ideas on the best ways to fight crime while protecting human rights. The seminar, “The role of the police and the impact of transversalization of Ecuadorian Human Rights (HR) on Latin American Police Forces” took place March 10-12. About 50 officials attended the seminar, national and regional directors of police forces. It was the fourth time the seminar has been held. Officials discussed the best ways to train police officers to fight crime while protecting human rights. They also discussed the challenges police forces face throughout the region. Police departments throughout Latin America are fighting local gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13. In Colombia, security forces are battling the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), Los Rastrojos, and Los Urabenos. Mexican drug trafficking groups, including the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, operate in several Latin American regions. In addition to drug trafficking, these groups engage in other criminal enterprises, such as human trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and oil theft. Colombian police capture Los Urabeños arms dealer The seminar shows that police forces in the region are dedicated to learning the best training methods for protecting human rights while fighting crime, said Héctor Chávez Villao, a security analyst at Guayaquil University. “The fact that regional police authorities meet in order to coordinate good police practices for law enforcement in their countries is a demonstration of the level of professionalism that these institutions have attained,” Chávez Villao said. “Coordination and cooperation are the best tactics for combatting crime in the region and it is very important to respect the limits of the law while doing so.” Addressing the participants, Ecuador’s national director of police training, District General Juan Carlos Rueda, called for “a commitment to values at the highest level in order to promote civil rights and liberties in a society where peaceful coexistence is the norm.” “Our goal is to implement corporate leadership strategies in the protection of public safety and to encourage respect for human rights and the appropriate use of force in the carrying out of operations,” Rueda said. The seminar was also attended by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the National Education and Police Directorates of Ecuador. Common challenges center_img Ameripol Summit By Dialogo March 19, 2014 In February, 2014, in an effort to halt illegal gold trafficking from Peru to other countries, local authorities sent special teams of police and internal revenue agents to Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Juliaca and Madre de Dios airports. Towards the end of January, 2014, members of the Peruvian National Police aided by two helicopters and 18 internal revenue agents expelled more than a thousand workers from an illegal mining operation in the Tambopata area. The security forces destroyed heavy equipment being used for exploration by the illegal miners. Law enforcement agents remain in the area to prevent the miners return. Authorities have identified the Cártel de Sinaloa, Los Urabeños and Los Rastrojos as the principal organized crime groups operating illegal mines. These groups have also been accused of recruiting children for mining work and, in many cases, prostitution. Regional police authorities combat organized crime through cooperation and training. For example, Ecuador recently inaugurated a crime laboratory in Quito which will give investigators access to the latest technologies to help them solve crimes. The new laboratory was officially opened on Jan. 8, 2014. The lab gives police the ability to quickly check fingerprint, obtain DNA results, and carry out toxicological tests on homicide victims to determine whether they consumed drugs before they were killed. The new laboratory also boasts automated systems for rapid identification of voices, a firearms examination system which allows investigators to match bullets to specific weapons, and state-of-the-art cameras which allow police to take high-quality photos of crime scenes. “With this new laboratory, investigations will evolve from traditional focus to scientific and technical methods where evidence can be processed and the respective chains of custody of evidence can be maintained”, said José Vizueta, a professor of criminal law at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil. Ecuadorean security forces have made important strides fighiting crime in recent years. For example, the rate of killings nationwide decreased by 27 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to figures from the National Police of Ecuador. There were 2,683 killings in Ecuador in 2008, and 1,884 killings in 2012. That was the lowest number of killings in the Andean country since 2000. 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State tests new scheme to foot 25 per cent of cost of first homes

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoLike the Victorian government, Queensland has an FHB grant and stamp duty concessions, but the southern state has now gone one step futher.“Victoria also has a stamp duty concession and also a First Home Buyer grant so this is the third piece of the puzzle. I think it’s something that should be considered in Queensland.”Ms Trad said the Palaszczuk Government’s First Home Owner’s Grant was “hugely successful in supporting people to enter the housing market with more than 10,000 first home owners receiving grants in the last 18 months”.The way the pilot program works, according to HomesVIC, was that the state would take “a proportional interest of up to 25 per cent in the property, and eligibility will target applicants with incomes of up to $75,000 for singles, or up to $95,000 for couples or families”.“Buyers will need to have a 5 per cent deposit. When the properties are sold, participating buyers will pay the proportional interest, which the Government will reinvest in other homes.”The scheme was for first time buyers that don’t qualify for public housing, it said.“It’s certainly a very good move to look at different ways to help first home buyers,” Ms Brookfield said. “With the price of houses now, these sorts of initiatives help.”She said ACT had the Landrent scheme which wiped almost 50 per cent off the cost of a new home by allowing buyers to only fund home construction and pay rent for the land. Perth’s Keystart had low deposit requirements and assistance for a person’s first home.“They are all slightly different but heading in a similar direction,” she said.“It is still a good start and we will watch its progress with keen interest.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The aim of the scheme was to boost private home ownership levels among young people struggling to save all their home loan deposit.THE Queensland government has expressed interest in a pilot program that will pay for a quarter of the cost of first homes to beat housing affordability woes.Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad told The Courier-Mail that Queensland would track the outcomes of the Victorian government’s HomesVIC shared equity scheme – an initiative that industry watchers believe deserves widespread adoption.“We are always interested in new ways to make housing more affordable for Queenslanders. I understand that the Victorian initiative is a pilot program, so we will be interested to see the outcomes and to look at any future potential for Queensland.” SIGN UP FOR THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER HomesVIC announced yesterday that applications would open shortly for the groundbreaking scheme — which will see 400 first home buyers in Victoria have up to 25 per cent of the cost of their new home paid for by the state.The Housing Industry Association praised the initiative as one that all states and territories should look at adopting to address housing affordability.HIA chief executive industry policy Kristin Brookfield said the scheme was currently not available in Queensland but should be.“It is a positive scheme that addresses the rising problem of housing affordability and will help see young people achieve the Aussie dream of owning their own home faster,” she said.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, May 23, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Monday, May 23, 2016:•7:51 a.m. Anthony M. Moody III, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:17 a.m. Austin L. Treft, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:24 a.m. Natacha L. Tidwell, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:54 a.m. Steven K. Yearout, 54, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•9:24 a.m. Troy E. Nading, 42, Independence, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation and illegal registration.•9:40 a.m. Dennis W. Metzen, 73, Mayfield, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation..•9:50 a.m. Rhonda L. McLevain, 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•9:53 a.m. Curtis R. Moody, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.    VELAZQUEZ•10:50 a.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1200 block N. B, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a vehicle parked and unoccupied owned by Julie A. Stone, Wellington.•2:36 p.m. Linda M. Rollings, 60, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driver’s license violation and illegal registration.•3:37 p.m. Officers took a miscellanous Report in the 400 block S. H, Wellington.•5:14 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington.•5:52 p.m. Joshua D. Fairbanks, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•5:58 p.m. Officers investigated possession of substance by a known suspect in the 700 block E. 16th, Wellington.•5:58 p.m. Officers investigated a probation violation by a known suspect in the 700 block E. 16th, Wellington.•6:31 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington by unknown suspect.•7:10 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•7:33 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 400 block N. Terrace, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Cindy J. Zoglmann, 61, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Roy K. Branam, Wellington.•9:05 p.m. Elizabeth J. Hamilton, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.last_img read more

Thursday January 24th Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nick McGlynn has 20 points and 10 rebounds and Drake pulled away early in the second half for a 78-66 victory over Evansville on Wednesday night.McGlynn collected his fifth 20-point game and fourth double-double of the season. Tremell Murphy, D.J. Wilkins, and Garrett Sturtz added 11 points apiece, and Noah Thomas chipped in 10 for Drake (15-5, 4-3 Missouri Valley Conference). The Bulldogs have won three of its last four games and improved to 9-1 at home.John Hall and Marty Hill scored 13 points each to lead Evansville (9-11, 3-4). K.J. Riley added 12 points.The Bulldogs took the lead for good midway through the first half and built a 35-31 halftime advantage. The Purple Aces stayed within single digits until a 9-2 surge made it 67-48 with about seven minutes left. MASON CITY — Mandy Willems had 31 points while Autam Mendez had a double-double with 30 points and 17 rebounds as the 9th-ranked NIACC women beat Little Priest Tribal College116-69 last night at the NIACC gym, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. NIACC jumped out to a 38-18 lead after the first quarter, as the Lady Trojans for the contest were 35-44 from the free throw line. NIACC is now 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference. MASON CITY — The 17th-ranked NIACC men beat Little Priest Tribal College 110-85, as you also heard on KGLO. Wendell Matthews had his sixth double-double of the season with 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Deundra Roberson added 21, James Harris had 19 while Christian Kelly also had 12 for the Trojans. NIACC is now 14-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Both NIACC teams travel to Ellsworth on Saturday, games you’ll hear on KGLO starting at about 1 o’clock. IOWA CITY — Transition defense has been the focus as the 19th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes get set to host sixth ranked Michigan State. The Spartans hammered the Hawkeyes 90-68 back in early December.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who says the Hawkeyes need to have good shot selection.The Hawkeyes will be out to snap the Spartans’ 20-game winning streak in Big Ten play.Iowa is 5-3 in the Big Ten and 16-3 overall. You can hear the Iowa-Michigan State game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 5 o’clock, with the tipoff from Carver-Hawkeye Arena scheduled for 6 o’clock . CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Aaron Cook had 17 points and Sean Lloyd Jr. and Darius Beane each added 16 more as Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa for the second time in 18 days, 70-62 in a Missouri Valley Conference contest on Wednesday night.The victory snaps a four-game losing streak for the Salukis, who had not won since its 58-51 win at Cedar Falls.A.J. Green hit a 3 with 3:43 left to get Northern Iowa within 3, 53-50, but the Salukis pushed the advantage to 13 points before Green hit two 3s in the final minute to get the final deficit to single digits.Southern Illinois (10-10, 3-4) shot 50 percent from the field (26 of 52), including 7 of 20 from long range.Green hit 6 of 7 from distance and finished with 22 points for Northern Iowa (8-12, 3-4). IOWA CITY — Megan Gustafson scored 32 points and added 12 rebounds as 18th ranked Iowa beat 14th ranked Rutgers 72-66, handing the Scarlet Knights their first Big Ten loss. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.Bluder says the Hawkeyes did a good job against the Rutgers defense.Kathleen Doyle had 17 points while Mason City native Makenzie Meyer had 11 points, three assists and one steal in 30 minutes of play. The win was the fourth straight for the Hawkeyes who improve to 6-2 in the Big Ten.center_img — high school girls basketball WednesdayNewman 73, Rockford 56 WACO, TEXAS — Second ranked Baylor outscored Iowa State 25-12 in the third quarter in an 84-69 win over the 20th ranked Cyclones. Senior Bridget Carleton scored 24 points in the opening half before being saddled with foul trouble. She finished with 28.Alexa Middleton chipped in with 18 points but the Cyclones made only seven of 25 from three point range.Iowa State falls to 4-3 in the Big 12.Iowa State visits Oklahoma State Saturday evening. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. Michigan State — pre-game 5:00, tipoff 6:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, KRIB mobile app — Clear Lake vs. Crestwood — girls 6:15, boys follow MASON CITY – The NIACC wrestling team dropped a 28-15 decision to Iowa Central in an ICCAC dual meet on Wednesday in the NIACC Recreation Center.NIACC picked up wins from Tony Mendoza (149), Xavier Judge (165), Mason Carpenter (174) and Zach Santee (285).Mendoza stopped Iowa Central’s eighth-ranked Yarhoski Aldiva, 3-2. Judge pinned the Tritons’ Russ Jennett in 1 minute, 40 seconds, Carpenter took a 3-1 decision from Iowa Central’s Austin Lamm and Santee topped Iowa Central’s Gunner Cash, 9-6.NIACC returns to action Jan. 31 in a dual meet at Iowa Western.last_img read more