HomeNewsBriefHonduras Police Submit to Polygraph Tests
BRIEF

Honduras Police Submit to Polygraph Tests

HONDURAS / 7 MAY 2013 BY MIRIAM WELLS EN

The top levels of the Honduran police command will undergo drug and polygraph testing, as the country's attempt to purge the security forces of corruption finally moves up a gear.

Controversial police chief Juan Carlos Bonilla, ten police commissioners, and 40 heads of regional forces and special units will all have their backgrounds checked this week. The series of tests include revising financial records: checking the reported assets and income, and looking for any suspicious transfers into the bank accounts of relatives or friends. Psychometric and toxicology examinations will also form part of the process, which is scheduled to be completed on Friday, reported AFP.

After testing the 51 officials occupying the most senior police positions, investigators will work downwards to examine another 298 officers in municipal forces, said the agency.

The Honduran Security Minister Arturo Corrales voluntarily presented himself for polygraph and drug testing in order to "lead by example," reported newspaper El Heraldo.

InSight Crime Analysis

The Honduran police reform program has floundered since it began around a year ago, failing to methodically test a large number of officers and failing to remove those who did not pass the exams.

Amidst these stalled reform efforts, Honduras' police force remains one of the most corrupt in Latin America. Allegations that officers including Bonilla have carried out extrajudicial killings have caused controversy in the United States, which continues to supply some security aid to the force. In an effort to sidestep concerns over whether the US was funding a police force accused of committing serious human rights violations, earlier this year the US said it would avoid working with Bonilla and the 20 people directly below his command -- the same group of people undergoing testing this week. Bonilla had previously refused to take a polygraph test.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 25 JUN 2021

Prosecutors in Honduras say they will ask Nicaragua to extradite an alleged MS13 leader who has been on the lam…

HONDURAS / 20 APR 2022

Juan Orlando Hernández, Honduras’ former president, is facing trial on US drug charges after allegations that he received bribes to…

EL SALVADOR / 13 DEC 2021

Efforts to reduce gang violence are often thought of as highly dependent on local conditions, but a recent report looks…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

All Eyes on Ecuador

2 JUN 2023

Our coverage of organized crime in Ecuador continues to be a valuable resource for international and local news outlets. Internationally, Reuters cited our 2022 Homicide Round-Up,…

WORK WITH US

Open Position: Social Media and Engagement Strategist

27 MAY 2023

InSight Crime is looking for a Social Media and Engagement Strategist who will be focused on maintaining and improving InSight Crime’s reputation and interaction with its audiences through publishing activities…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Coverage Receives Great Reception

27 MAY 2023

Several of InSight Crime’s most recent articles about Venezuela have been well received by regional media. Our article on Venezuela’s colectivos expanding beyond their political role to control access to…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime's Chemical Precursor Report Continues

19 MAY 2023

For the second week in a row, our investigation into the flow of precursor chemicals for the manufacture of synthetic drugs in Mexico has been cited by multiple regional media…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime’s Chemical Precursor Report Widely Cited

THE ORGANIZATION / 12 MAY 2023

We are proud to see that our recently published investigation into the supply chain of chemical precursors feeding Mexico’s synthetic drug production has been warmly received.