Mendieta was taken prisoner by the FARC in 1998, in an attack on the town of Mitu, southern Colombia.
While captive in the jungle Mendieta learned both English and Russian from a fellow hostage. He is now Colombia’s most senior police officer.
The role of police attache will involve fostering cooperation between the Colombian and Spanish police forces.
General Naranjo announced a number of other high-level appointments within the police force.
General Cesar Augusto Pinzon will be the director of the Counternarcotics Police, while General Carlos Mena will be director of the DIJIN judicial police.
Colonel William Rene Salamanca will be Colombia’s police attache to the U.S.
General Flavio Buitrago will go to Washington in the Joint Commission.