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article imageAdditional officers distributed throughout Colombian cities

By Christopher Bates     Dec 3, 2011 in Crime
As the holiday season commences, additional police officers are being planted in the Colombian cities of Bogota and Medelin.
According to Colombia Reports, Bogota's interim mayor, Clara Lopez Obregon, will distribute an additional 1,500 police officers starting December 16.
She said: "This is a promise made some months ago by President Juan Manuel Santos and the director of the National Police General Oscar Naranjo."
The main aim of the increase is to "substantially improve vigilance and security in the city."
Bogota hopes to build on its 9% reduction in crime over the last four years.
Meanwhile, 500 extra officers have already arrived in Medelin - Colombia's second largest city - to reinforce almost 8,000 uniformed members of the Medellin Metropolitan Police.
They arrived in the city of Thursday and have also been issued an additional 45 motorcycles, in an attempt to "speed up police mobility".
General Yesid Vasquez, Medelin's chief of police, said: "I hope the community continues... to provide all the support that is needed to keep fighting a common enemy that is crime, that is insecurity."
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