PANAMA CITY .- The so-called Elite Force Águila (FTC Águila), inaugurated by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela as a strategic plan designed to attack organized crime in the most affected areas of downtown Panama and the region of Colón, has reached its first month since its implementation.
However, according to public opinion the report of this citizen security plan has not significantly decreased the numbers of murder and robbery in the areas where it operates.
In the areas where the plan operates, at least 30 homicides were recorded since it started operations. This represents a victim less than in February (31), the most violent month in Panama’s central region so far this year.
Recently, President Juan Carlos Varela explained that the FTC Águila was created specifically to deal with organized crime and not with gangs, but the movement of drug trafficking.
Although the security plan is not perceived by the population, the security forces remain positive.
According to Security Minister Alexis Bethancourt, more than 40 thousand police actions have been taken to recover public spaces occupied by crime.
President Varela said last week that "they will continue to focus the efforts recently implemented to dismantle criminal groups" operating in several areas, mainly in the province of Colón.