National Police of Uruguay

The National Police of Uruguay is a national and institutional police force of the Republic of Uruguay, founded on December 18, 1829.[6] It depends on the Executive Power through the Ministry of the Interior. Its main mission is to protect the free exercise of rights and freedoms, and to guarantee order, internal security, ensure compliance with the laws, assist and protect people, prevent the commission of crimes, ensure security in public places and events, repress behaviors that constitute crimes and misdemeanors.[7]

National Police of Uruguay
Policía Nacional de Uruguay
National Police Coat of Arms
National Police Coat of Arms
Common namePolicía Nacional
Motto"De tu lado"
"On your side"
Agency overview
FormedDecember 18, 1829[1]
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyUruguay
Operations jurisdictionUruguay
Population3,554,915 (Uruguay population 2022)[2]
Governing bodyCabinet of Uruguay
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersMontevideo, Uruguay
Officers30.000 (2015)[3]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Website
www.minterior.gub.uy

CreationEdit

On December 18, 1829, the Constitutional and Legislative Assembly of the Eastern State created the office of Political Chief in each of the nine departments. Standing as Political and Police Chief in the whole national territory, Colonel Don Ignacio Oribe. The 18 of December 1829 has been instituted by law, like historical - legal date of "creation of the Uruguayan National Police".

StructureEdit

The Director of the National Police is the fourth in command in the Ministry of the Interior and has as his essential task the professional operational command of the National Police.

The following police units depend on the National Police Directorate:[8]

  • National Directorate of Police Education (Dirección Nacional de la Educación Policial) 
  • National Aviation Directorate of the National Police (Dirección Nacional de Aviación de la Policía Nacional)
  • National Directorate of Gender Policies (Dirección Nacional de Políticas de Género)
  • National Directorate of Police Health (Dirección Nacional de Sanidad Policial)
  • National Directorate of Police Assistance and Social Security (Dirección Nacional de Asistencia y Seguridad Social Policial)
  • National Fire Department (Dirección Nacional de Bomberos)
  • National Rehabilitation Institute (Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación)
  • National Directorate of Support for the Released (Dirección Nacional de Apoyo al Liberado)
  • National Directorate of Civil Identification (Dirección Nacional de Identificación Civil)
  • National Directorate of Migration (Dirección Nacional de Migración)
  • National Highway Police Directorate (Dirección Nacional de Policía de Caminera)
  • National Scientific Police Directorate (Dirección Nacional de Policía Científica)
  • Directorate of Investigations of the National Police - DIPN (Dirección de Investigaciones de la Policía Nacional - DIPN)
  • General Directorate for the Fight against Organized Crime and INTERPOL (Dirección General de Lucha contra el Crimen Organizado e INTERPOL)
  • General Directorate for the Repression of Illicit Drug Trafficking (Dirección General de Represión al Tráfico Ilícito de Drogas)
  • General Directorate of Police Information and Intelligence (Dirección General de Información e Inteligencia Policial)
  • National Directorate Republican Guard (Dirección Nacional Guardia Republicana)

EquipmentEdit

Ground vehiclesEdit

 
Peugeot 301 patrol vehicle.
 
Peugeot 301 patrol vehicle (back view).

Commonly used vehicles:

Vehicle Origin Type In service
Toyota Hilux   Japan Patrol Unknown
Nissan Navara   Japan Patrol Unknown
Hyundai Starex   South Korea Transport Unknown
Fiat Siena[9]   Italy Patrol Unknown
Peugeot 301[10]   France Patrol Unknown
Chevrolet Sail   United States Patrol Unknown
Mitsubishi Mirage (LA MY15)   Japan Patrol Unknown
Mitsubishi L200   Japan Patrol Unknown
JAC Refine S2   China Patrol Unknown

MotorcyclesEdit

Commonly used motorbikes:

Vehicle Origin Type In service
KTM Adventure[11]   Austria Patrol Unknown

Aircraft unitsEdit

The unit's current inventory includes the following:[12][13]

Aircraft Origin Type In service
Robinson R66   United States Policing 4
Cessna 182   United States Policing 1

WeaponsEdit

 
Uruguayan police officer in the daily work uniform.

Firearms used by the National Police in its different departments:[14]

Weapon Origin Type
Glock 17   Austria Semi-automatic pistol
Glock 19   Austria Semi-automatic pistol

UniformEdit

The daily work uniform consists of dark blue cloth combat pants with a dark blue shirt or a long-sleeved button-down shirt, black boots, a plain baseball cap with the national police logo and the bulletproof vest on top. Officers may also wear a reflective vest or winter jacket that says "police" on the back.[15]

Other equipmentEdit

Some officers also have body cameras.[16]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "187º Aniversario de la Policía Nacional".
  2. ^ https://www.ine.gub.uy/documents/10181/773486/Anuario+Estad%C3%ADstico+Nacional+2021/08f39700-23b0-4433-8075-b7a15a034d40
  3. ^ "Uruguay: País con más policías por habitantes".
  4. ^ "Autoridades".
  5. ^ "Autoridades".
  6. ^ Interior, Ministerio del. "187º Aniversario de la Policía Nacional". Ministerio del Interior (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  7. ^ "Ley N° 19315". www.impo.com.uy. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  8. ^ "Direcciones Nacionales".
  9. ^ Interior, Ministerio del. "Nuevas unidades". Ministerio del Interior (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  10. ^ Interior, Ministerio del. "Ministerio del Interior adquirió 70 patrulleros". Ministerio del Interior (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  11. ^ Interior, Ministerio del. "Ministerio del Interior adquirió nuevas motos para la Policía Nacional". Ministerio del Interior (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  12. ^ InfoDefensa, Revista Defensa. "La Policía de Uruguay recibe su cuarto helicóptero Robinson". Infodefensa - Noticias de defensa, industria, seguridad, armamento, ejércitos y tecnología de la defensa (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  13. ^ Interior, Ministerio del. "El Ministerio del Interior presentó un nuevo helicóptero". Ministerio del Interior (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  14. ^ Interior, Ministerio del. "Por la renovación: vestimenta y equipamiento adecuado para la Policía". Ministerio del Interior (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  15. ^ Interior, Ministerio del. "Por la renovación: vestimenta y equipamiento adecuado para la Policía". Ministerio del Interior (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  16. ^ Interior, Ministerio del. "Ministerio del Interior adquirió 300 nuevas cámaras corporales". Ministerio del Interior (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-29.

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