Colombia and Ecuador boost security at shared border to fight violence

February 21, 2018 | Brainwave Science



The governments of Colombia and Ecuador decided to ramp up security cooperation along the shared border; this decision was made as an effort to fight a spillover from Colombia’s criminal dynamics.

Officials from Colombia and Ecuador announced a ramping up of joint aerial, naval and land operations against drug trafficking and organized crime groups in the border area. President Juan Manuel Santos declared that his government would double the reward for information that could lead to the arrest of a leader of a dissident faction of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC).

The suspect, known by the alias “Guacho”, was blamed for his involvement in the car bombing at the police station in San Lorenzo, Ecuador, near the Colombian border, one month ago. The attack left 28 injured and destroyed 95% of the police building. Due to this case, Ecuadorean authorities declared a local state of emergency and deployed 600 extra soldiers in the area.

One day after the announcement of this security measure between Colombia and Ecuador, Ecuador’s military fought with a group of armed men in San Lorenzo, with no fatalities recorded. Officials are still working to establish the identity of the armed group responsible for the latest fight at the border, but recent developments place Guacho and dissident Daniel Aldana at the top of the suspect list.




For the current situation in the Colombia/ Ecuador border, there is a major uncertainty regarding the identity of the group responsible for the latest shootout. The impossibility of identifying the responsible is challenging the law enforcement in the area.

In today’s world, borders have become more porous, facilitating drug trafficking, violence, and other criminal acts. Authorities are finding it hard to establish the correct identity of tourists and migrants passing over a nation’s borders. There are a lot of threats at the border of a country, from terrorists who may have weapons of mass destruction to transnational organized crime such as trafficking, money laundering or counterfeiting, to unauthorized migrants intending to illegally live and work in a specific country.

For many countries, the primary gap in securing both internal and external borders is the ability to objectively screen a person using a knowledge-based form of identification.

The existing biometric devices and visa processing methods can help to the extent of verifying a person, but they cannot find the missing link between a person’s identity and concealed criminal information. The sheer volume of travelers and migrants poses a security challenge to be able to effectively vet each person with the level of detail it demands.

The current security methods in place, such as wire fences on walls, surveillance camera, drones and others are useful in protecting external borders, but are very time and cost consuming. A holistic and integrated approach is essential to deter, prevent, detect, and respond to complex threat networks.




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The San Lorenzo coastal area, which offers the perfect characteristics for drug trafficking groups seeking a departure point for international cocaine shipments, needs proper monitoring. As the current technologies at law enforcement’s disposal are not performing enough to gain real results, iCognative can help border authorities successfully screen and investigate suspects.

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As this competition for control has started to spill over into neighboring Ecuador, border authorities from Colombia and Ecuador need the innovation brought by iCognative to better screen suspects and determine the criminal liaisons hidden in their brain. Each intel gained from a test can create for authorities new leads to be investigated. By investigating suspects connected to Guacho or Daniel Aldana with the help of this technology, intelligence officers can gain valuable information regarding other members of the criminal group, which can further lead to a better strategy for authorities to catch the guilty parties and stop the spilling of this criminal activities further into the 2 nations.

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Colombia, Ecuador Boost Security Cooperation Amid Border Violence

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