HomeNewsBriefVenezuela's National Police Undergoing 'Crisis'
BRIEF

Venezuela's National Police Undergoing 'Crisis'

POLICE REFORM / 10 AUG 2015 BY VENEZUELA INVESTIGATIVE UNIT EN

An internal report says Venezuela's National Police is experiencing a "structural crisis" due to lack of resources and training, pinpointing issues that have fueled corruption and use of excessive force by officers.

The internal report, cited by El Nacional, states that the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) struggles to recruit and train new members, as well as retrain veteran police officers. The report -- reportedly authored in November 2014 -- also notes that authorities went for a seven-month period without paying police their salary. 

The Venezuelan government created the PNB in 2009 as part of a wider package of reforms, which included the doubling of police salaries to around $745 a month. The PNB was meant to replace other state and municipal police forces in the country, such as the Caracas city police, widely seen as corrupt and dysfunctional. 

InSight Crime Analysis

This report is particularly disappointing as the PNB was meant to be a better-trained, more humanist, and less militarized police force in Venezuela. If authorities are not training or paying PNB officers sufficiently, they are simply replacing one corrupt police force with another. 

Lack of proper training and pay will also continue to feed corruption with the PNB. Amid Venezuela's ongoing economic instability, collaborating with criminal groups offers police an appealing opportunity to complement their income. In one notable case, several PNB officers were arrested earlier this year for involvement in kidnapping. 

SEE ALSO: Venezuela News and Profiles

Meanwhile, poor training for new recruits and veterans will foster a police force unprepared to carry out security operations without relying on excessive force. At least 17 people were killed last month as part of a new offensive against crime, dubbed  "Operation Liberation of the People (OLP)," in which elements of the PNB and other Venezuelan security forces participated. One Venezuelan human rights group said the OLP has led to "massive" human rights violations. 

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

ARGENTINA / 21 APR 2015

Argentina's Buenos Aires province registered over 1,000 complaints of torture perpetrated by security forces in 2014, suggesting that abuses are…

HOMICIDES / 12 NOV 2012

Venezuela's capital registered 3,218 homicides during the first 10 months of 2012, putting it on pace to surpass…

BOLIVIA / 20 MAR 2018

An annual US report on international drug trafficking suggests that Latin America continues to struggle with developing effective strategies…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.