Criminalistic Office Receives Feedback on the Afis Secura System

The new system, used for the first time in the country, will strengthen the criminal investigation process.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Kevin Castillo -AGN- Authorities of the Criminalistics Office -Gacri- of the National Civil Police -PNC- recently developed the first feedback on the new Afis Secura system.

The first training sessions for police officers on the new Afis Secura system took place in April of this year. The purpose was to prepare the police officers for the system’s launch.

Afis Secura

The new system will be used for the first time in our country to reinforce investigations that allow officers immediate access to a person’s biometric information.

The purpose is to confirm identities or verify if the person has an arrest warrant to reinforce the criminal investigation process.

In addition,  it will include the automatic fingerprint and palm print identification system -Afis-, helping criminal investigations to identify through tattoos, scars, and stature.

During the feedback, the Afis coordinator said, “The system will be an ally, as it corrects taking a photograph better. Furthermore, we will have daily, weekly, biweekly, and semester statistics to help us observe through the maps which departments report more arrests.”


They will take place over three days, the first in Zone 4 of the capital city, the second on the Atlantic highway, and the last in Quetzaltenango. Approximately 70 police investigators from the General Subdirectorate of Criminal Investigation will be trained in the last one.

Finally, this system strengthens the technology and innovation axis of the Police Transformation Strategy promoted by the Government of Guatemala through the Ministry of the Interior -Mingob-to reinforce the work of Gacri.

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