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    Police stand guard outside Guatemala's Congress during an anti-government protest in Guatemala City, September 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 May 2018

Adela Camacho de Torrebiarte led the commission to "clean out" Guatemala's police, but says President Jimmy Morales doesn't want to "continue the process."

The director of Guatemala's National Police Reform Commission (NPRC) is resigning her post due to lack of support from Jimmy Morales' government, it has been announced.

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Adela Camacho de Torrebiarte, who has led the commission since 2012 – just two years after it was formed – said she was stepping down immediately because a group of government officials didn't want to "continue the process."

In her letter of resignation, Camacho wrote: "There are moments in which a process isn't taken seriously and there's no help."

She noted that when President Morales took office in January 2016, he said the commission "maybe won't continue."

Torrebiarte tried to have a meeting with the minister of interior, Enrique Degenhart, but it never came to fruition because of Morales' "indifference" towards the commission. Her ideas "haven't been taken into account by current authorities under the interior department," she continued.

The commission was created in 2010 to "analyze, diagnose and strengthen police institutions of Guatemala," according to its website.

Camacho also wrote that during her tenure the NPRC "carried out important work by creating and implementing an entire education system to professionalize the police career… the spinal cord." The new system helped "dignify" and "clean out" the profession, she said.

In addition to trying to shut down the commission, Morales has long been trying to dismantle the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), an independent organism to fight corruption and illegal activities linked to the state.

CICIG is trying to investigate the president, his political party and several of his immediate family members on various counts of embezzlement and corruption.

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