US Supports Peru’s First Police Criminal Investigation School

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The U.S. government, through its Embassy in Peru, renovated 20 classrooms for the Peruvian National Police’s (PNP) first post-graduate criminal investigation school in the Puente Piedra district of the Department of Lima.

The US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has invested $400,000 in the project, to ensure citizen safety and support the country’s development and well-being, the embassy said in mid -march.

The school will enable students of the Puente Piedra Police Academy to be highly specialized in the fight against crime, the Peruvian Interior Ministry said.

The classrooms are equipped with modern teaching materials. One of the classrooms will be dedicated exclusively to investigating cybercrime, a growing threat not only in Peru but around the world, the embassy said.

Peru seized 11 tons of drugs, including cocaine and marijuana, in several operations across the country, from January 1 to March 23, 2022. (Photo: Peruvian Interior Ministry)

Three classrooms will be dedicated to crime scene management to train in the collection and processing of evidence. The main school area consists of 16 identical and equipped classrooms, the Interior Ministry said.

Another classroom will be a courtroom, for training police when called to a trial to present a case in accordance with Peru’s criminal procedure code, he added.

“This would not have been possible without the invaluable support of the United States Embassy in Peru. This demonstrates his commitment to our police,” said Peruvian Interior Minister Alfonso Chávarry Estrada at the inauguration. “We are certain that this academic unit and the other improvements will have a positive impact on the future performance of [Police] functions.”

The Interior Ministry said it was certain that “the strategic alliance between Peru and the United States will continue to yield positive results in the fight against crime”.

Projects implemented with the United States are part of police education reforms that aim to build the capacity of future police officers in the fight against drug trafficking, cybercrime, violence against women, human rights and human trafficking, among other crimes, Chávarry said.

“For this reason, we see with great satisfaction the renovation of 20 classrooms for the specialty of criminal investigation in this school in Puente Piedra, and the construction of two virtual shooting ranges, one here and the other at the San Bartolo Police Academy,” the Interior Ministry said via Twitter on March 11.

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