Local August 8, 2023 | 3:00 pm

Interior Minister: police officers will wear blue and their motto will be “protect and serve” instead of “law and order”

Santo Domingo.- Led by Vice President Raquel Peña, the Superior Police Council has approved significant changes for the police force, including a shift in the agents’ uniform color from gray to blue. Additionally, the motto “Law and Order” will be replaced with “Protect and Serve.” Minister of the Interior and Police, Jesús Vásquez Martínez, highlighted that these changes are part of the ongoing transformation of the law enforcement agency.

Vásquez Martínez emphasized that this transformation begins with the betterment of the officers themselves. The improvements extend to various aspects, including the enhancement of barracks, salary, health insurance, education, and other benefits for police personnel. The changes also include agreements with local and foreign universities to train both agents and their children, offering more extensive training for aspiring officers, continuous training for existing members, and an increased focus on promoting women within the ranks.

During the signing of an agreement with the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia, Vásquez Martínez highlighted various initiatives that provide further support for police personnel, such as obtaining loans at low interest rates through the Banco de Reservas, the construction of barracks with improved facilities, including bathrooms and separate rooms for women, and the establishment of lactation rooms to better accommodate female officers.

The transformation also encompasses a commitment to promoting and disseminating the stories of constitutionalist heroes through a pact signed by Vásquez Martínez and the president of the Museum of Resistance Foundation, Noris González Mirabal. This comprehensive approach aims to modernize the police force and enhance its role in serving and protecting the community.

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August 8, 2023 9:18 pm

change mentality and approach , not useless logo …

What’s wrong with us ?!

Luis Grullon
August 9, 2023 9:39 am
Reply to  Fundador

Rome wasn’t built in a day, takes time to change the culture, they are moving in the right direction

August 9, 2023 2:35 pm
Reply to  Luis Grullon

I sincerely hope so ,for all of our sake ,and the most for sake of our country and it’s future generations …

August 10, 2023 2:34 pm
Reply to  Fundador

Do you have a magic wand? Changes can not be made in 1 hour. It takes time and patience to change a culture. The government appears to be moving in the right direction. I support their attempts to improve the situation and wish them luck. I know negativity does not work.

Platano Frito
August 8, 2023 10:13 pm

Yes Yes, its the exterior thats the problem not the content or character of the the individual officer. If we change the uniform (family member gets lucrative clothing contract) The officers will stop taking bribes and start enforcing the laws. not training or pay. That would never work

August 9, 2023 2:38 pm
Reply to  Platano Frito

they just follow orders … they are not allowed to think …their superiors are doing thinking for them…orders need to be followed

August 10, 2023 2:50 pm
Reply to  Platano Frito

Training and pay were also mentioned in the article along with other benefits. You cannot make these changes just by telling the officers at roll call…”this how to do it from now on”. They need to see and make changes to understand that the old ways are no longer acceptable.

August 9, 2023 8:05 pm

A step in the right direction but more professional training is the key. Sporting a nice blue uniform is not enough.

August 10, 2023 2:46 pm
Reply to  alfredo

Changing the uniform symbolizes a visible change in the organization. It can be quite a powerful statement when combined with the other changes the government is proposing. I have some experience with this sort of change and I fully support the government’s proposals. It will take time but I see effort and determination to effect changes. Be patient, please.