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Police Emergency Information for Ecuador

Police staion in Salinas de Guaranda, Ecuador

Don´t expect the sun, moon & sky when encountering difficulties in Ecuador that need intervention by the police. Corruption is rampant and there is little to no consistency in the reaction or response you may receive from police – throughout the country it varies.

After an incident has been reported and assistance ascertained, contact your embassy or nearest consulate if you want to proceed further with legal action or reports. They will know what options you have and how best to proceed.

Click on the following link for how to contact your embassy. Emergency assistance information is included on the page as well. Living in Ecuador – Embassies of the USA, Canada, Australia & UK

Though justice is metted-out in small doses i.e. perpetrators of crimes are rarely convicted and jailed, Ecuador is making efforts to improve the situation. As of January 2009, higher-standards were set for candidates for the Ecuadorian National Police with officer positions requiring a university degree. Lower-level entry ranks must have at least two years of university education.

If you have belongings stolen, the police will be helpful in filing a report for you to give to your insurance company. Just don´t expect any stolen items to be recovered and returned.

Police Emergency Phone Numbers

If you are traveling or living in Quito, Guayaquil or Cuenca dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

To contact the National Police throughout the country dial 101.

Tourist Police

There are tourist police in Quito, Otavalo and Cotopaxi National Park. These may be the most helpful folks in uniform you will encounter in Ecuador as their primary purpose is to ensure those visiting the capital city and elsewhere have a safe and enjoyable visit.

To contact the tourist police in Quito dial 02-2543-983.

Police Pick-up Truck in the Town of Puyo, Ecuador

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