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Honduras: Assisting reforms in the national police

DCAF supports the police reform process in Honduras at the national and institutional levels through its multi-year Police Advisory Programme, as part of the Citizen Security Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The programme’s objective is to support the Honduran Ministry of Security and the National Police, in collaboration with the security and justice systems, to increase their institutional integrity and effectiveness within a framework of human rights and meritocracy. Through our project office in Tegucigalpa, DCAF strengthens the police reform process in the following areas:

  • Strategic and operational management
  • Community policing
  • Police education
  • Use of force
  • Police accountability
  • Human resources management
  • Mentoring with a psychosocial approach

Photo: David Alvarado



One of the most successful tools that has been implemented in Honduras within the framework of the Citizen Security Program financed by the Swiss Development Corporation is the DCAF Gender Self-Assessment.
In this video, active members of the Honduran Police who accompanied this process and the Head of the DCAF Latin America and the Caribbean Unit for reflect on this process, its advantages and opportunities.




Produced with the support of the Swiss Development Corporation, this first podcast hosts a discussion on the role of men in gender equity, specifically within police forces. Gender is too often sidelined in police forces as an issue for women, and men are not sufficiently represented in championing gender equity and participation.

In this podcast, male police leaders from Honduras and Colombia talk about their views on why gender equity is crucial to improving policing, and how International Men’s Day on the 19th of November is an opportunity for men to voice their support on this key issue.

The two below podcasts are an opportunity for Honduran National Police Officers with decades of experience to talk about their individual and institutional understanding of what it means to deliver Community Policing in Honduras. They talk through specific examples as well as concepts, offering insights from the strategic to the operational, based on lived experience in a fragile and high-violence context.



VideoCasoDeExitThumb.JPG DCAF collaborated with DIDADPOL, the Honduran Police external controls agency, to construct audio-visual training materials to aid understanding and learning of misconduct, with a view to reduce complaints and improve police service. The seven videos were built with funds from the Swiss Development Corporation













Confidence is mentioned several times by the Police, in t...

"Modernisation of Police Training" is part of a series of...

"Methods of Police Action" is part of a series of four me...

"Construction of Models of Police Use of Force" is part o...

"Legal Framework, Norms, and Control Mechanisms for Polic...

This document contributes to the construction of a f...


Cristina Hoyos, Head of the Latin America and Caribbean Unit (