Chile, Bolivia discuss anti-crime procedures in La Paz meeting

LA PAZ – Representatives of the Bolivian Police and Carabineers of Chile will define procedures against crimes in common areas in response to the commitments of the 13th meeting of the Border and Integration Committee.

During the Thursday’s meeting in the General Police Command in La Paz, both sides will outline simultaneous actions in order to combat trans-border illegalities.

According to government minister Carlos Romero, the technical meeting will guide coordinated operations to prevent theft of vehicles, smuggling and other recurring illicit crimes along the common border. Romero said that the Bolivian side would present experiences of the work with the police in neighboring countries, including the exchange of privileged information on cases investigated or in progress.

The meeting on Thursday continues the XIII meeting of the Border and Integration Committee, held last July 25 in the department of Santa Cruz.

This meeting was based on the Bolivia and Chile Agreement for cooperation between the Carabineers and the Bolivian Police, signed on November 21, 2008.

Both countries share about 900 kilometers of border and it is estimated that 70 per cent of the illegal merchandise entering La Paz is from Santiago, hence the importance of strengthening the fight against smuggling.