El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes called for a clean-up of police forces across the Americas, to break links to organized crime and help build regional cooperation.
Speaking at a summit of the American Police Community (AMERIPOL), a regional policing body, Funes said “we cannot tolerate enemy infiltration in our police institutions,” reports the Associated Press.
The president said that it was necessary to wipe out corruption in law enforcement across the continent, in order to create an “authentic community” of cooperation and intelligence sharing
The Salvadoran leader said that his country is working to purify its police force.
Funes’ statements coincided with a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in San Salvador, at which members debated a plan to increase regional cooperation to fight organized crime.