Statement on Embassy Meeting with Special Police Reform Committee

The Special Committee on Police Reform requested information from the U.S. Embassy related to their investigation into police corruption and we have given them that information. The vast majority of it has already been shared with the Government of Honduras over the years through the normal mechanisms that exist for informing the government when we become aware that there are credible allegations that police officers have been involved in human rights violations, narcotics trafficking or other serious crimes.

As a strong partner of Honduras, the United States supports the efforts of the Committee and considers it to be the responsibility of all to share any information they possess so that the police reform effort can be a success.

“The Embassy is not investigating the Honduran National Police – that is the job of Honduras. However, we have substantial training and other programs for police officers, and U.S. law mandates that the Embassy be confident that the personnel receiving that assistance are not involved in a serious human rights violation, narcotics trafficking, or another crime not compatible with U.S. foreign policy,” said Ambassador James D. Nealon.