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Many readers responded to our most recent message about the Ecuador police.


Ecuador police in Quito.

One reader wrote: Corruption in Ecuador’s Police is very high. These men have to pay thier supervisors in order to keep their job/post. I was told by Police officers that they have to pay Capt, LTs, as they expect to collect an X-amount daily. You wrote negative encounter with Police here in the States, and probably you did have bad cops respond to your call, but Police here in the USA is by far better then Ecuador, they have too much to loose, unlike Ecuador, corruption is part of life in Ecuador’s Police force. sorry!!!

I replied:  Sharing insights leaves nothing to be sorry about. Opinions such as yours help us understand the country better.  Merri and I have only had good experience with Ecuador police but know that others have not. I’ll share this.

Another reader disagreed with the comments about American police corruption when she stated:
Gary, I have nothing to contribute to the discussion of Ecuador’s police, since I never had contact with them when there.

However, I have LOTS to say about the police in the US, none of it good. There are WAY too many of them and WAY too much money spent on their weapons and gadgets. By us, their main preoccupation – besides buying a drug-sniffing dog to check out our middle and high school students and a rescue boat that’s unusable on the Hudson river AND THE EXTRA  PERSONNEL AND TRAINING NEEDED  for same – their focus is on trapping unlicensed immigrant drivers rather than property crimes.

It’s at the point where individuals need to buy their own security cameras, pay for private security monitoring, and install GPS locators in valuable, likely-to-be-stolen possessions. Also pay to etch identification numbers into same (including car engines, airbags, etc. etc. etc.) and pay for inconvenient safety deposit boxes for smaller valuables.

And don’t get me started on gated communities.  In other words, in spite of a glut of law enforcement personnel, we’re moving toward having to fund private police.  All this, before we even START a discussion of local police or judicial corruption.

One reader shared a specific mention of bad news about Ecuador police and shared:   Gary,  we travel quite a bit and besides two incidences at the Mexico City airport, the only other “Bite” we’ve ever had was in Ecuador.  We were heading north and passed a check point.  They stopped us and asked for the car rental papers and indicated there was something missing.  My husband indicated his Spanish wasn’t very good and they motioned they were going to arrest him.  ,…unless we forked over quite a bit of money.   Although we had a good time in Ecuador and plan on going back that did leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Others provided these really nice stories about Ecuador’s police. 

This reader left her bag in the business center at the Quito Radisson Hotel.  It was stolen from the room.  Weeks later she wrote:

“Dear Gary, can you believe, the Quito police, working with the Radisson Hotel, found my  briefcase with the computer and other small items and sent them to me by Federal Express.   I had provided them with the receipts of all the items stolen. I was reimbursed via bank transfer for the items they were not able to send me (camera and cellular phone).   I still can’t believe it .  This was such a good ending and so unexpected.  I send you all love, and good thoughts.”


We have found the police more friendly and less aggressive than in the US.

Here is another quote from a reader who was a guest at our hotel Meson de las Flores.  He shared an insight about the Cotacachi police that gives a feel of how these law enforcement officers work with what he called “insistent persuasion”.

He wrote:  “Gary, I want to express my appreciation for your gracious hospitality on a recent stay at El Meson de los Flores. It was a relaxing three days.

There was an incident on the street outside the hotel that might interest you. I was awakened one night by a ruckus on the street. Loud enough to prevent drifting off again I picked up my flashlight to check the time, 2:00 am. It sounded like several men were having an extra good time laughing and talking loudly.

A few minutes later I heard a vehicle approach and red light flashed around the bedroom walls.

I went to the window.

There was a pickup parked on the otherwise empty two lane street headed from my right to left (on the far side of the street to the hotel) opposite my window. The four door police pickup truck with three policemen stopped abreast the first pickup (close to the hotel) only a half vehicle length ahead of the first pickup.

One policeman exited the police truck’s left side standing under my window against the hotel wall watching the action holding a short barreled shotgun at ready.

The other two policemen mixed it up with four clearly smashed Ecuadorians in the middle of the street between the two vehicles. I witnessed the arrest progress.

The uproar increased (three more voices). Shortly the racket lessened. Then three men got into the police truck with two policemen. The third policeman got into the driver’s seat of the first pickup with one arrested in the passenger’s seat and both vehicles drove off stage left.

I crawled into bed marveling that there had not been a show of force, only insistent persuasion. No swinging night sticks, sitting on the curb or face down on the street, handcuffs, rough shoving or body searches even in the face of resistance. Only patient urging with shotgun backup. Might this incident reflect favorably on the Ecuadorian temperament?

Another reader who has found police problems everywhere sent this note: Gary, I’m sure you’ll get lots of comments on this post.

I’ve experienced similar prejudices a couple of times that I recall. My husband and I went to breakfast in a Maui cafe not frequented by tourists. While natives came in after us and were attended to, we were ignored for 20 minutes or so before our order was taken.

When my previous husband and I moved to Arkansas, his sons drove my old pickup, which still had Washington plates. Every time they went to town they were stopped by the police – just wanting to know if they were in town for long. The boys came to us and said, “Dad, you’ve got to get Arkansas plates.” We did and that solved the problem. No more stops.

In another situation, my car was broken into on the streets of Seattle and a few things taken from inside. The police responded, but didn’t hold out much hope for finding the thief or my things. The friend I was with was extremely intuitive, maybe even psychic. He got a strong sense of where to go and we found some of my things in the dumpster behind the apartment. With this evidence, the police cooperated, went in and found most of my things. They arrested the thief and gave me my things back on the spot. My Polaroid camera was broken, but everything else was okay.

There you have it… good and bad in everything including police in Ecuador and everywhere.  We always appreciate hearing from readers about the Ecuador police.


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