Ricardo Nieves says Police Reform is held up because of lack of will from the President

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Is President Luis Abinader getting cold feet regarding Police Reform? The member of the Commission for the Transformation and Professionalization of the National Police, news commentator Ricardo Nieves says police reform has not advanced because of the lack of will on behalf of President Luis Abinader.

“To this day the reform is frozen or dormant because of the will of the President of the Republic,” Nieves said as reported in Somos Pueblo online news service.

Nieves told Somos Pueblo five months ago the President received all the reports including those made by several American, Spanish and Dominican police reform experts.

In his opinion, Nieves detailed three possible reasons why the police reform has not been implemented.

“Why hasn’t progress been made and why hasn’t the route that was outlined from the beginning been followed? I say it must be for three reasons:

“1) The...

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While it's high time a police reform is way overdue, one of the recommendations centers around higher salaries for the rank-and-file, with the hope that better pay reduces the peajes and corruption.
But that's just a pipe dream: they'll continue to exact $$ from society at all cost.

EXHIBIT A: High-ranking officers own multi-million dollar properties and humongous bank accounts, yet continue to drain the coffers.
CASE IN POINT: The big shots awaiting trial.
 
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Or until it significantly starts to affect tourist numbers perhaps
Perhaps, but at least now, the police appear to have a hands off approach to tourists unless something is egregious. I think it's more to do with how they treat/mistreat fellow Domincanos/as.