In Guatemala, the National Civil Police has awarded the companies Central Motriz S.A, Internacional de Guatemala S.A. y Distribuidora de Automóviles S.A. the purchase of 378 vehicles.
On October 2nd, the National Civil Police of Guatemala, through its purchasing department, decided to award a contract for the purchase of vehicles to three companies who submitted the best bids in the tender convened for this purpose.
The tablets will be used by the National Police at checkpoints so that they can obtain immediate feedback on people.
This was announced by the chief of the Interior, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla. According to him, the equipment will be used to acquire data on people in a more agile way and determine if there is a warrant for the arrest of those people.
President Perez Molina is betting on modern technology in immigration control and movement of goods to prevent and combat crime.
From a press release issued by the Government of Panama:
President Otto Perez Molina referred to the key role of technology in security and the fight against crime and reaffirmed the government's commitment to modernize the institutions of crime prosecution and strengthen the country's justice system.
Faced with criticism over multi million dollar direct purchases, the chief of Government justified these measures saying "a bidding tender does not guarantee transparency and honesty."
In interview for Elperiodico.com.gt with Mauricio López Bonilla, Minister of the Interior, the official said that several strategic materials needed for the National Civil Police (PNC by its initials in Spanish) such as weapons, equipment, technology and infrastructure construction, will be some of the purchases made without tender processes.
Guatemala's government plans to buy 10,000 guns for the national police force.
The Ministry of Interior has announced the acquisition of personal weapons for the National Civil Police (PNC), through the Military Industry.
In the month of February, during the graduation of more than 1,600 new police men and women, the interior minister, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said the deficit in weapons in the institution amounted to 5000 pistols.
Through public bidding, the country will acquire 8 thousand automatic 9mm pistols and 3 thousand AK-47 assault rifles, plus ammunition and security equipment.
According to the bidding rules, the supplier must also provide 7 million ammunition rounds for the guns, 5 thousand tear gas grenades, 2 thousand smoke grenades, 2.500 gas masks and 2.500 security vests, among others, explained Minister Carlos Menocal.
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