The government of President Santos is planning ahead to a post-conflict Colombia and exploring the creation of a Ministry of Public Security.

The purpose of a Ministry of Public Security is to demilitarize the Police and restructure it to solely handle the security of citizens. In addition, the Ministry of Public Security would handle all connected to the disarmament, demobilization, and rehabilitation of former members of illegal armed groups.

The police would need 220,000 more men (today there are 167.121) to be able to carry out what would be expected.

The Armed Forces would continue to be responsible for the challenges of sovereignty and terrorism.

Members of the Police expressed such a structure would only work if there is no threat of an internal conflict — and it is too optimistic to think Colombia has arrived at a moment of post-conflict.

Article by Talking About Colombia