Law enforcement in Peru

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A Peruvian National Police checkpoint in Lima.

Law enforcement in Peru is divided into a national police force and municipal police forces.

Policing responsibilities

  • The Peruvian National Police (Spanish: Policía Nacional del Perú, PNP) are the national police force of Peru. The PNP functions at both a state and local level.
  • Peruvian cities and districts of Lima have a dedicated municipal police force with limited jurisdiction known roughly as a "Watchman Unit" (Spanish: Unidad de Serenazgo). Serenazgo officers have fewer legal powers than the National Police.


The Peruvian National Police acts mainly, according to Peruvian reglamented law, as a traffic control force.[1] While it has other squadrons that nominally fight crime, the only effectively organized of them is Black Eagles, the bank security squadron. The majority of the police force is plagued by corruption.[2][3][4][5]

Former Peruvian police forces

Historical secret police organizations

  • Peruvian State Security
  • DIRCOTE (Anti-Terrorism Directorate)

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2014-05-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Police Corruption Fuels Rise of Extortion in Peru". 17 January 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Interior Minister: Police Working on Rooting Out Corrupt Officers". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ Collyns, Dan (11 October 2011). "Peru president replaces senior police officers in 'anti-corruption purge'". the Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

External links

  • (in Spanish) Official site
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