Guatemala City, by Julio Morales -AGN- The Ministry of the Interior -Mingob- inaugurated the new office of the Tourist Security Division -Disetur- of the National Civil Police -PNC- in Santa Elena, Flores, Petén.
Currently, 15 offices provide security and support to foreign and domestic tourists visiting different parts of the country.
The technical Secretary of the General Operations Subdirectorate, the Chief of the District, the Disetur Chief, the Chief of the Petén Police Station, the President of the Tourism Commission of the Congress of the Republic, and the Director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute -Inguat- participated in the inauguration of the new facilities.
The division has over 400 officers in 15 delegations throughout the country to protect and safeguard tourism.
By instructions of the Ministry of the Interior, the PNC carries out tourist security patrols in volcanoes, beaches, parks, handicraft markets, archaeological sites, and tourist routes. They also provide assistance, guidance, and information on risk areas and humanitarian services.
Disetur offices are located in:
- Guatemala, Guatemala
- Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez
- San Francisco Panajachel and San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá
- Chichicastenango, Quiché
- San Martín Zapotitlán, Retalhuleu
- Cobán, Alta Verapaz
- San Vicente Pacaya and Puerto San José, Escuintla
- Coatepeque and Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
- Esquipulas, Chiquimula
- El Remate and Flores, Petén
- Livingston, Izabal
Disetur seeks to promote citizen participation within the prevention axis and has provided training for the tourism sector, advertising campaigns, and the recovery of public spaces.
Disetur officers also develop activities such as visits to authorities, cultural and recreational activities like One Day with My Community, and door-to-door plans.