|PNP – Peru’s National Police|| |
Synonyms: PNP, Peruvian police
The national police force in Peru is the PNP, the Policía Nacional del Perú (Peruvian National Police). Being attached to the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior, the PNP has jurisdiction over the countries land, sea and air territories. Its main missions are ...
The Peruvian National Police is divided into numerous subdivisions, each specialized in one area of operation, such as for example:
For emergencies such as violent crimes, intrusion, robbery, drug-related crimes or severe traffic accidents call 105, the central emergency number of the police in Peru, which puts you through to a nationwide dispatch service. For a few years now dialing 911 works as well.
Contact information for police stations and special division can be found on the PNP website.
Tourists who need assistance or protection or who are in trouble or in any way involved in a crime best get directly in contact with the Tourist Police.
Less urgent situations and minor disturbances (neighborhood disputes, noise complaints, even done burglaries, etc.) are usually handled by Serenazgo, the municipal “police”. But be aware that Serenzgo is not part of the national police force and only has limited powers and jurisdiction.
For fire call the Bomberos. They as well respond to traffic accidents and general medical emergencies.
When dealing with the police in Peru be aware that their resources and infrastructure are limited. Pay is low, training and morale usually poor, corruption despite tighter laws still omnipresent. So, don’t expect a service like home.