There’s a new sheriff in CICPC town

With Chavez as its new head, is the CICPC about to face a “High Noon” moment?

Big structural changes for the CICPC, Venezuela’s investigative police force, after Chávez used his enabling law powers to reform it by decree. The president’s first major change? A new police commander. And who better for the task than the Comandante Presidente himself.

The idea of having the president as head of the police not only confirms the disregard for the separation of powers but opens the door to the possible use of this security force as a mechanism of political persecution.

Pero que es otra raya mas para ese tigre…

This overhaul followed the unjustified and reprehensible murder of Karen Berendique, daughter of Chile’s consul in Maracaibo, at a CICPC mobile checkpoint last March. All 12 agents involved in the crime are in jail, awaiting trial and the heads of the regional CICPC office were fired, but the national leadership of the force was spared of the same fate by the Interior Ministry.

The reforms go way beyond putting Chávez at the top of the CICPC. The former PTJ will be limited to carrying out criminal investigations only. They can no longer detain people in their facilities and won’t have special forces under their command. The demise of the infamous Special Actions Brigade (which recently merged with fellow tactical group, the Inmediate Response Brigade) leaves the country without a national SWAT team, except those of the SEBIN (Venezuela’s Intelligence Service).

Municipal and State police forces could take over some of the workload being loaded off by CICPC. But the criminal investigations police is not the only law enforcement agency facing major changes: The Traffic Police is about to be absorved by the Bolivarian National Police (the socialist police, which replaced the Caracas Metropolitan Police), but their officers are not happy about it.

This reform comes as a preamble of the launch of what will be the 19th government plan against crime and violence in almost 14 years: Gran Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela.

18 thoughts on “There’s a new sheriff in CICPC town

  1. I suspect that the Chavez is assuming titular leadership of CICPC only because the real commander will be a Cuban.

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  2. WTF???? He has taken leadership of the CICPC? In the middle of an election year? With his illness? What’s he trying to show? To whom? Is he trying to commit suicide by cancer for real?

    Or more accurately, it’s all for show.

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  3. Yes, Chavez is taking the title of leader of the CIPC. But will he ever take the responsibility that goes with it? Or will Chavez transfer the blame of its failure on those working below him?

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  4. … interpreta que el presidente Chávez va a asumir la seguridad de todos los venezolanos. “Es una especie de mensaje que envía a la población”.

    On an election year, a very subtle message, Chavez’ style. Could it be that voters are that stupid?

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  5. Mission “Toda Vida” is t.he perfect excuse and cover up for the government to say they are fighting crime but really their objective is to militarize the streets. Now Chavez is police chief…..use your imagination on who and what he can deploy and say he will just say it’s to fight crime.

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  6. Well, Chavez already got his first big case, let’s see how good he is as brand new chief of police.
    The brother of former minister Saman was murdered last night.

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  7. I had to laugh to see how upset Transito is to be absorbed by BNP.

    There probably doesn’t exist a more incompetent, corrupt, ineffective group as the transito police.

    Here in Margarita their only function is accepting bribes for minor offences.

    The roads here are a no man’s land of the wild west with no one paying any attention to rules. There is no control. Just try driving around 7 pm & see what % of the cars have no headlights, brake lights or any lights for that matter.

    Drive through Altagracia (or any of the small towns) and count the dozens of motor bikes with no lights, no plates & no helmets with up to 4 persons including young children & babies on 1 moto.

    This is not a new phenomenon. It’s been like this for the 25 years I’ve been here & got my first driver’s licence by paying a transito clerk to provide me with the Spanish answers to the test. Ha, ha. Just brings a smile to my face.

    Disband them & start over. There is no cure for this group.

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  8. Chavez reminds me of the quote Sheriff Chavez said-“We are sworn to uphold the law, you know.”
    Deputy Jaua said “That never stopped us before.” “Caprilles must be having a bad effect on you.”

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  9. “El Presidente detalló que el 50% de los funcionarios policiales «cumple funciones administrativas». Acotó que 10% no tienen sistema de comunicación, y el 85 % no tiene para comunicarse entre sí y con otros cuerpos policiales.
    [...]
    Detalló que el 78% de los cuerpos policiales se rotan las armas. 60% de las policías no tienen armas intermedias, mientras que el 80% no presta servicio de patrullaje.”

    (http://www.quepasa.com.ve/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7871:arranco-a-toda-vida-venezuela&catid=62:seccion3&Itemid=57)

    What the F…? After FOURTEEN years the guy realize that the police is in bad shape? And what about Chavez calling police directors gangsters while aknowledging the real gangster, when he himself negotiates with pranes?

    Carreño, Chacon, El Aissami were a complete and utter failure. HCR should be schredding these mediocre guys to pieces and asking for competent guys to run the show instead. Come on!

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  10. How many persons have been murdered under Tarek El Aissamis watch. He became Interior Minister in September 2008, almost four years ago. Assuming an average of 15.000 homicides a year – a low estimate – that would be 60.000. And the murder rate is not diminishing, but increasing.
    What about a harsh public opinion campaign against this good-for-nothing loafer?

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    • “What about a harsh public opinion campaign against this good-for-nothing loafer?”
      Agreed. Aissami has been nothing but a zombie mouthpiece for Chavez.
      But, as with all working for Chavez- I believe they are secretly doing other thins
      for Chavez instead of doing their job for the Venezuelan people. I can’t prove this,
      but, I believe it fits into the “modus operandi” of Chavez, et al..

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