Castaños Guzman on why police reform has not happened

Servio Tulio Castaños / El Caribe

Back in 2016, the Congress and former President Danilo Medina enacted the Organic Law of the National Police. However, the law did not contain the required regulations. Leading jurist and the executive vice-president of the Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (Finjus), Servio Tulio Castaños Guzmán, was appointed by President Luis Abinader to chair a work group to assist in the reform of the National Police.

According to Castaños Guzmán, the obstacles to reform are rooted in the institution itself, which has refused to implement 21 regulations that are needed to bring about change. The statement by Castaños Guzman is blistering: “We approved a law in 2016 that has not been able to be implemented, and there has been no way to implement it because there has been no way that the Superior Police Council will approve the regulations, enact them, or create the needed protocols.”

About 95% of the regulations are written, but they are dead letters until the Police Council approves them. That is the story, says Castaños Guzmán. He hopes there is the political will to change this.

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El Caribe

11 April 2021