“As you know very well, ASJ is probably the most important civil society organization currently operating here [in Honduras]. It’s an organization that we in the United States embassy and the United States government partner with in many very important ways.”
In ten months, the Commission has evaluated 5,867 officers, including all high-ranking officers, and removed 2,959 from their posts – half of all those evaluated. AJS President Carlos Hernández sees the last successful months as a chance to “change the story” of what is happening in Honduras, showing that, “where there’s political will and a vigilant civil society, things can change.”
AJS condemns the attack on Thursday evening against Pastor Jorge Machado, member of the board of directors of AJS-Honduras and member of the Special Commission for Police Purging, that resulted in the death of military guard Geovany Calderón.
Yesterday, the Police Purging Commission met with the Attorney General to deliver 144 criminal cases, implicating 455 police officers with crimes ranging from theft to extortion to assassination.
The Commission’s work removing corrupt officers from the police work is historic, and it has huge implications for the future of Honduras’ police. With careful reviews and steady monitoring, there is hope that the police force will become trustworthy, and can, at last, deliver the public security that Hondurans so need.
During their week in Washington D.C., the Special Commission for Police Purging presented their advances to members of Congress, government functionaries, and representatives of international and national bodies.