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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Police in Ecuador VS other countries. August 2013


In the countries where I used to live it's better to stay away from the police. In one of them police force became heavily militarized. In other - police is famous for demanding and accepting bribes. In both countries police often uses excessive force against citizens - physical, verbal and psychological intimidation.
In Ecuador, police force, in general, is friendly and not threatening. They talk with respect when speaking with citizens, they don't treat ordinary people like an enemies. They would give you directions, answer your questions patiently (even if you have heavy accent) and don't even ask for your ID. They are helpful and don't instill fear into people.
In Quito, I never heard of SWAT/OMON and paramilitary police raids, joint drills between  police and army in the residential areas, police don't taser, beat or shoot people for least bit of resistance, they don't bark orders and don't take bribes, etc, etc.
When you go thru security lines or customs in Quito airport, security and custom personnel are pleasant and friendly, they don't ask you intimidating, invasive and improper questions, they don't bark at you or patronize you.

When in 2006 I started my preparation to move to Ecuador, people were asking me - Aren't you afraid? Well, I have the same question for them now.



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