All-female police unit formed to fight violence against women and children

A 100-strong, all-female state police unit in Guerrero will concentrate its endeavors on battling viciousness against women and children.

A member of new women’s force with the governor

A member of new women’s force with the governor

The state government made the Gender Police Unit (Unidad Policial de Género) to focus on those districts where gender violence has been issued, explained Governor Héctor Astudillo Flores.

Provided with 10 patrol cars, the unit will be positioned in Acapulco, Ayutla, Chilpancingo, Coyuca de Catalán, Iguala, José Azueta, Ometepec and Tlapa de Comonfort.

The new program is upheld by the government, the United Nations and a few different offices and non-governmental organizations, all of which have been working toward “the respect, support and aid of women,” said the governor.

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A service announcing the Gender Police Unit attended by Javier Hernández Muñoz of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who remarked that the state government is working toward ensuring comprehensive attention to the victims of gender violence.

Despite the fact that the new police unit can be seen as strengthen, Enrique Solano López said 100 officers are not enough. The representative of the association Men and Women for Equality said dividing the force amongst eight municipalities means 12 officials in each.

In a place like Acapulco, he stated, that won’t be sufficient.

Solano saw it as a primary step on a long road, noting that the country hasn’t sufficient police at either the state or municipal level.

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