Police Day: a high-risk trade

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  • Sat, 04/14/2018 - 20:04
Dia del Policia panama
  • Policía Nacional de Panamá

This April 14 Panamanians celebrate the Police Day. At the headquarters of the security body, a series of events were held to mark its 81-year history. "We are working in an institution that has a long history with rules and behaviors, which is why we have an obligation to preserve, improve and transmit them, following the motto of protecting and serving," said the general director of the National Police, Omar Pinzón, according to the local press.

April 14 as Police Day was instituted on August 24, 2000. This security body went through different stages throughout the republican history of Panama and it is since 1997, through the Law 18 dated June 3 that the subordination of the police to the constituted Public Power was established.

The police function continues being a risk in the Isthmus. On April 3 in the province of Chiriquí, the commissioner of the National Police, 55-year-old Samuel Espinoza was shot and killed. Several cases of officials performing their duties have occurred in recent months.


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