Mobile Carabinier Squadrons

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Emblem of the Mobile Carabinier Squadrons

The Mobile Carabinier Squadrons (Escuadrones Móviles de Carabineros in Spanish) (EMCAR) are specialised units of the Colombian National Police, part of its Directorate of Carabineers and Rural Security (Dirección de Carabineros y Seguridad Rural or DICAR). The mission of these mobile squadrons is to provide highway security, control traffic and prevent accidents. Among their objectives is to interact and socialize with civilians to create neighborhood watch and collaboration.


Colombian National Police


History of the National Police
Jean Marie Marcelin Gilibert
Citizens Security
Special Operations Commandoes
Highway Police
Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron
Fiscal and Customs Police
Directorate of Carabineers and Rural Security
Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol
General Santander Academy

Implemented during the presidency of Álvaro Uribe Vélez (2002 - 2010), this unit was intended to support the democratic security plan, whose main objective was to restore order and establish police presence in lawless towns and rural areas. They were a special rural police force that carried out counterinsurgency missions, frequently in conjunction with army units. Headquartered at the department and national territory capitals, the Carabineros were maintained in squadrons that were separate from those of the regular police; they wore distinctive uniforms and often traveled as mounted and/or motorized units.

Unit organization[edit]

The EMCAR were initially organized into 62 Mobile Squadrons of 150 Carabiniers each between 2002 and 2006.

Each Carabinier Mobile Squadron is usually composed of four National Police Officers, 12 non-commissioned officers and 134 patrolmen or agents.

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