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February 1/ 2003
- Press Releases
Honduras debuts tourism police corps

A police corps specially trained to provide support and security to local, national and foreign tourists is now in operation in Honduras. The Tourist Police Corps was created under an agreement between the Ministries of Tourism and Security. Working in cooperation with municipal authorities the program is part of President Maduro’s overall plan to cut crime nationwide.

The country’s first two Tourist Police squads are now in operation in the cities of Tela and La Ceiba - two major poles on the Honduran North Coast. Plans are underway to set up additional squads in Copan, the Bay Islands, San Pedro Sula and other tourism zones.

The Tourist Police are also called “Balam,” after the Mayan word for “jaguar.” Officers bear a logo inspired by one of the pieces found on the Hieroglyphic Staircase at the Copan Archaeological Park. According to Mayan legend, it was the spirit of the jaguar that protected their ancient temples from harm.

The Tourist Police Corps is an initiative of the Tourism Ministry. The Security Ministry provides technical support, with logistical support coming from the municipalities and local chambers of commerce and tourism. This support includes food, housing, communications and training in human relations and other areas that are key to working with tourists.


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