The Honduran National Police are currently in a standoff with the Ministry of Security after Police Chief Ramón Antonio Sabillón was dismissed last week, allegedly for opposing government-backed militarization of public security and a purge of the police force. His removal signals militarized policing is here to stay in Honduras.

Honduras' former police chief, who was dismissed amidst allegations of involvement in death squads, has been working as the country's police attaché in Colombia, raising questions about his potential role in U.S.-funded trainings for security forces in Honduras.

As U.S. policy makers debate how much money should be spent on securing the U.S.-Mexico border to address the child migrant crisis, there is increasing evidence that criminal groups are taking advantage of already strict border controls in nefarious ways. 

Since 2002, the Defense Department has invested billions in building Colombia's air defense as a key tool in counternarcotics activities.  A recently released DoD report shows the Pentagon is continuing this strategy in Colombia and is expanding efforts for Colombian pilots to train other Latin American militaries to stem drug trafficking. 

Some say the United States’ alleged refusal to allow Honduras to repair fighter jets the Central American nation received during the Cold War is in protest of  a controversial shoot down law passed in January, but the issue has been ongoing since the mid-90s. 

This week U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) began engagement exercises in Central America and the Caribbean, Southcom's commander was given an award for his collaboration with the Honduran military and Peru stopped eradicating coca in the country's largest cocaine-producing region. Read these stories and other highlights from the region this week below.