Baird Announces Joint Anti-Crime Initiative with Chile

August 2, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Alfredo Moreno, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile, announced today that the two countries will work together to implement a project to combat crime in Central America.

“Both Canada and Chile are committed to reinforcing security in Central America,” said Baird, who is on a 13-day trip to Central and South America to advance Canada’s engagement in the hemisphere. “We will work together to develop this important initiative to support police reform in El Salvador and Guatemala.”

Through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP), Canada will contribute $215,000 to the project, known as the Trilateral Initiative to Strengthen Homicide Investigations in El Salvador and Guatemala. Under the project, Chilean trainers will train law-enforcement officials in El Salvador and Guatemala to more effectively investigate homicide cases and collect and analyze evidence.

The project is expected to increase the number of arrests in, and prosecutions of, homicide cases, which in Central America are often linked to drug-trafficking organizations.

This project, which demonstrates Canada’s strong security cooperation with Chile, supports the Canadian Initiative for Security in Central America, announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Colombia in April 2012, and follows up on the renewal by Prime Minister Harper and President Sebastián Piñera of the Canada-Chile Strategic Partnership Framework in May 2013.

To learn more about Canada’s relationship with Chile, visit Canada-Chile Relations.

Canada’s strategy for engagement in the Americas envisions a more prosperous, secure and democratic hemisphere. To learn more about Canada’s engagement in the Americas, visit The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority.

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