Several years ago, a team from SC served a large dinner to the police officers and their families in Masatepe. This tagged along with the work that a team from Nebraska had done, painting the police station. Resulting from these events, we now have several children of police officers in our school.
Today we took some of the guys from the SC team back over to the station. This time, though, one of the team members works in law enforcement in the area of explosives. It was fun translating for him and the police captain as they chatted about crime in Nicaragua, drugs in Masatepe, and how they can help them in the future. Hopefully in August, they will be able to put on some seminars together to help the police here.
So, what did I learn today from the police captain? The police feel like Nicaragua has a pretty good handle on organized crime. Nica is used a lot to traffic drugs, and last year they confiscated 7,600 kilos of cocaine. Cocaine isn't a big problem here, though, because of the economy. The big drugs here are crack and marijuana. Nicaragua is statistically the safest country in Central America.