Peru Police will create a special squad against soccer hooligans

Isabel Guerra

A month before the death of Maria Paola Vargas Ortiz, who died after being thrown from a public transport vehicle (presumably by a hooligan) the Internal Affairs minister, Octavio Salazar, announced that a special squad will be created in 2010 to monitor these groups during soccer matches.

This squad is likely to get started with 2,000 agents, said Salazar, who will depend on the Police Seventh Regional Directorate, and will also be trained in psychology and sociology in order to deal more effectively with hooliganism; they will have support from police in these areas.

"We must also interact with the parents, who have a great responsibility regarding these issues of gangs and drugs,” said Salazar.

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