The funds will be used to improve the educational programs of the police in the field of human rights, the detection of corruption in police agencies.

The U.S. government will allocate $8 million to finance training programs for Colombian law enforcement agencies. This was stated by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland.

“I am proud to announce that the U.S. government has allocated an additional $8 million to support the work of the Colombian National Police, in particular to improve police education programs in the field of human rights, punish those responsible for human rights violations and to identify corruption in police agencies,” she said after the talks in Bogota.

The official also noted the success of American-Colombian cooperation in countering terrorism, brutality, drug trafficking, crime and environmental crimes.

Since the end of April last year, mass demonstrations against tax reform have taken place in Colombia. Riots occurred in Bogota, Cali, Medellin and other cities, at least 50 people were killed, and more than 2.3 thousand were injured. As a result, in June, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced a program to modernize the national police. In particular, the Head of State stressed the importance of strengthening human rights policy, the need to adopt a new disciplinary statute, updating the regulations governing the use of force by the police, as well as improving the level of professional training of law enforcement officers.