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Cablegate: Nicaraguan Police Urge Donors to Coordinate Support

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SUBJECT: NICARAGUAN POLICE URGE DONORS TO COORDINATE SUPPORT

1. (U) The Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a
meeting of donor nations on March 23, 2007. The meeting,
which included remarks by Eva Zetterberg, Swedish Ambassador
to Nicaragua and chair of the donor group, was attended by
countries who provide support to the Nicaraguan National
Police (NNP). Alfredo Missair, with the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP), praised the NNP for their
innovative approach to gangs and Police Chief Aminta Granera
detailed the contributions of different donor nations and
then highlighted the NNP's accomplishments. She ended with a
plea to donors to coordinate their efforts and not just
provide support to their favorite projects within the police.

A Model in Central America
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2. (U) Swedish Ambassador Eva Zetterberg and Alfredo Missair
with the UNDP praised the Nicaraguan National Police's
community policing model and achievements over the last ten
years. Missair pointed to the community policing model as
the primary reason that Nicaragua does not have the same
problem with gangs as do other Central American countries.
Both Zetterberg and Missair praised the NNP's focus on human
rights and women's issues.

3. (SBU) NNP Chief Aminta Granera showed a video that
detailed donor support since the early 1990s. Highlights
included: Swedish support of the NNP training academy;
Japanese support for a new jail and training; Spanish support
of the transit police; the Taiwanese donation of equipment
for the NNP on the Atlantic Coast; French donations to combat
organized crime; Danish training on human rights; Canadian
support for training; and, U.S. support on antinarcotics and
anticorruption efforts. (Comment: Though the Swedish
received top billing in the video due to their financing of
the NNP training academy, the segment on the United States
and Granera's comments during her speech on U.S. support were
complimentary.)

A Plea for More Coordination
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4. (U) Granera detailed the NNP's strategy for 2007 to 2011,
which focuses on strengthening infrastructure and bolstering
police patrol capabilities. According to Granera's estimate,
the NNP will need 45 million dollars in donor support over
the next five years, primarily to strengthen patrol
capabilities and community policing efforts. Granera urged
donors to coordinate and "respect the system" set up within
the police to work with donors. She recognized and applauded
the support of the donor nations, but as an example, pointed
out that if donor countries funnel money to the women's
commissariat without coordinating other support, the women's
commissariat will receive calls from women who are reporting
abuse, but the police will not have the ability to respond to
those calls. (Note: According to Granera, 50 percent of the
calls the NNP receives are from women who are reporting
abuse, violence or rape. The women's commissariat of the
police has been a favorite for donors, but they have not
typically invested in the other aspects of the police needed
to support the program.)

5. (SBU) Granera emphasized the need for donors to respect
the NNP's own assessment of its needs. She then mentioned
recent U.S. support of an assessment of the Internal Affairs
Division as an example of a donor nation consulting the
police before investing in a program. As head of the donor
group, Zetterberg volunteered to more closely coordinate
donor activities with the police. (Comment: Post will
continue to work with Granera directly on support for the
police, but will also look for ways to build on other donor
nations' activities.)
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