Pedraza said the plan is to add another 12,000 police by December 2013 and 260 well-equipped police stations.
While Peru is relatively safer than many other countries in Latin America, the perception of insecurity is high among the population. Opinion polls regularly cite crime and security as one of the main concerns of residents in the Andean nation.
Corruption within the police force only exacerbates the poor perception. Low wages and poor leadership have led to a general distrust among the civilian population. Recently, three policemen were killed by colleagues when they were attempting to kidnap a local businessman in a north Lima district.
“A challenge is to work with the citizenry,” Pedraza said during an interview with RPP radio. “We hope the police will be seen as a trustworthy institution again.”
Pedraza also said that police will seek to improve intelligence work to combat crime. “There have been big delays in police investment in intelligence,” he said.