Peru: Women police officers to command 3 police stations

Isabel Guerra

Celebrating the 53th anniversary of the Peru National Police (PNP), three women police officers were designated by the Minister of Interior Mercedes Cabanillas to command three police stations in Lima.

It’s the first time that women police officers are nominated for such positions in Peru.

They are the PNP Majors Betty Calderón Castañeda, Carmen Elena Muñoz Vásquez and July Hidalgo Serna, who will command the police stations of Palomino (Lima Centre), Salamanca (Ate Vitarte) and Maranga (San Miguel), respectively.

PNP Major July Hidalgo knows her first great challenge in her district will be car theft, which she plans to combat with “by sending more patrols to the strategic areas of the district”.

Major Calderon expects to dismantle the youngster gangs (and to keep all the other teens away from gangs) by means of sport activities.

Major Elena Muñoz is seeking to end with the drugs dealing, armed robbery and the gangs in the area of Salamanca, in Ate.

It is estimated that 1,728 police women officers are in serving in the Peru Police since 2008.

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