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Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 11:32 AM EDT

Panama Will Spend $637 Million On Public Security in 2013

Panama NewsAn increase of almost $90 million dollars in the budget of the Ministry of Public Security for fiscal year 2013, was justified by Minister Jose Raul Mulino before the plenary of the National Assembly today, Tuesday 14 August. The Cabinet Council approved a budget of $637 million dollars for fiscal year 2013 for the Ministry of Public Security. Mulino said some of the money will be used for investment, and to improve the operations of the National Police. He said in October 2012 the National Police officers will be receiving a raise in pay, and this has an impact on the budget for the next fiscal as well. He added that the operations of the National Air Service (Senan), and the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) will increase with more teams, more manpower, better weapons, and more capacity, among other expenses. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: If the entire annual budget for FY 2013 is to be about $15 billion dollars, this means at $637 million the Ministry of Public Security will see only 4.25% of all spending, assuming this budget is approved by the National Assembly. In Panama, basically every government employee who carries a service weapon of some type (National Police, National Air Service, State Border Service, etc.) all work for the Ministry of Public Security. They are responsible for fighting crime and drug trafficking, primarily. Panama's improving economy has meant these guys are getting more money, more funding, better equipment, more personnel, better boats and planes and helicopters, radios, radars, guns, vests, vehicles, etc. You can't fight the bad guys if there's no gas in the tank, or if the engine won't start...

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