Aminta Granera

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Aminta Granera Sacasa
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Aminta Granera in 2013
Director General of the National Police of Nicaragua
In office
September 5, 2006 – September 5, 2016
Preceded by Edwin Cordero Ardila
Personal details
Born León, Nicaragua

Aminta Granera Sacasa (born 18 September 1952, León) is Director General of the National Police of Nicaragua since September 5, 2006.[1]

After studies at Georgetown University in the United States, Granera decided to become a nun. She began her novitiate with the Sisters of the Assumption in Guatemala City, but abandoned her religious training in 1976 to join the sandinista uprising against dictator Anastasio Somoza. As a revolutionary, she was part of a Christian urban insurrection group. After the successful overthrow of Somoza in 1979, she joined the police, helping to set up special units to combat violence against women and crime against children. She also worked to fight police corruption. In 2006, she was appointed as the national chief of police by president Enrique Bolaños, starting her tenure by replacing several high-ranking police officers. In 2011, she was appointed to a second term by president Daniel Ortega. During her tenure, she has worked to increase the number of women serving in the police force, with the goal of reaching 50 percent.[1][2][3][4]

Granera is married to economist Oswaldo Gutiérrez, with whom she has three children. The first was born during the revolutionary war, and after leaving the child with her mother, she returned to the front. She is also the grandmother of Ariel Barrios .[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Los "pecados" de Granera". La Prensa. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sacudida en la Policía". El Nuevo Diario. 30 September 2006. Archived from the original on January 11, 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (30 September 2008). "100 Commitments for gender equality and empowerment of women" (PDF). Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Nicaragua's Aminta Granera: She battles drug gangs, wins hearts". The Seattle Times. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2015.