As part of a package of strategies to improve citizen security that will be announced in the next few weeks, Colombia will set up a special intervention group headed by the director of the National Police, General José Roberto León. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón revealed that this group will be a special corps of uniformed personnel that will have the ability to carry out rapid-intervention processes in cities or municipalities that need it. Minister Pinzón made the announcement on June 15, at a promotion ceremony for National Police commanders held in Bogotá. “This new capability will serve so that in each city in the country where we feel that there’s a deterioration or there are specific security concerns, the director of the police can go in with that force and intervene in order to transform and stabilize that situation,” he specified. He added that specific strategies will also be implemented in order to more effectively confront criminal phenomena such as illegal mining, petty extortion, and petty trafficking. “I exhort you (General León) and your entire agency, let’s step on the gas and create more capabilities and new alternatives that can give citizens confidence that we’re growing in strength to confront not only the major threats, but also the problems in the cities,” the defense minister affirmed. By Dialogo June 21, 2012 It seems to me that the specific planning, especially that of Colombia, should include fighting the illegal smuggling of weapons, especially when the Farcs announce the purchase of land-to-air missiles. Finally, I must congratulate Colombia for its pertinent and constant interest in fighting all manifestations of violence.