The president made the announcement after a security council in the capital a week after local media reported that on average 170 street robberies take place in the capital every day.
Apart from the extra policemen, 200 more police investigators would strengthen local law enforcement before April, Santos told press.
According to the president, many of the robberies are carried out by street gangs that are specialized in street crime.
Together with the Prosecutor General’s Office, with whom we have been working in a very coordinated and efficient way, we will create a special unit… dedicated exclusively to the dismantling of gangs specialized in robberies and home invasions.
President Juan Manuel Santos
The president also called on the city’s judges to prevent the release of crime suspects, particularly in cases that suspects are alleged recidivists.
According to Santos, many robbers are released even when they are caught red handed.
Prosecutor General Nestor Humberto Martinez blamed the premature release of suspects to a pending “virtual collapse” of the country’s justice system.
The country’s top prosecutor said in 2016 that Colombia’s impunity rate stood at 99%.