Guatemalan Policemen At Work

Police Station Reports, Charges and Denounce

In this tiny office of this building, the Captains’ Palace, two police officers take crime reports, charges and denounces, all under the Spanish word of denuncias. This photo looks like a slide taken out of a Latin American film from the 80s; like Men with Guns or El Norte. Unlike their peers in other parts of the North, Guatemalan Police officers are paid low wages and receive very little and poor training. They try to do their best, but resources are insufficient. I don’t have the exact figure right now, but I remember reading the starting monthly salary for a police man is about US$240. This is not enough!

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