National Army of Colombia

Cooperants Network

The cooperants network is a preventive system that integrates the Colombians with the State Security organisms and allows the citizens to provide voluntary and appropriate information to the authorities in benefit of the civic security.
The following are the most frequent questions about the Cooperants Network.

P. What’s the use of the Cooperants Network?

R: The Cooperants Network is an instrument by which the citizens can be linked in a voluntary way and that exists with the objective of protecting the civil population, through the prevention of terrorist and criminal actions. The Cooperants Network is an effective way to establish a channel of communication between the community and the Public Force, with the purpose of combatting the terrorism and the common delinquency.

P: Which is the legal founding that regulates the Cooperants Network?

R: Article 95 of the Political Constitution of Colombia indicates that all the Colombians have the duty act in agreement with the principal of social solidarity, responding with humanitarian actions before situations that put in danger the life or the health of the the same way, they should respect and support the democraticaly constituted authorities.

P: How other international experiences of this type have been implemented?

A: In the international environment similar experiences exist in almost all the cities of Canada and United States and in many European cities. An example of this type of programs is tho one implemented in Edmonton City Canada where a voluntary surveillance system called Edmonton Neighborhood Watch exists. This program qualifies the community residents so that they inform to the authorities of any suspicious activity, with the purpose of preventing the threats that are presented in the city.

Q: What benefits does it represent for a citizen to be linked to the Cooperants Network?

A: The benefits are:

  • Make part of a group of citizens with civic values, to reduce the risks of being a terrorist or a criminal act victim./li>
  • The information that provides a cooperant is voluntary and not remunerated; however, it represents for the cooperant a great satisfaction the fact of living in a calm place, contributing to provide security for its community./li>
  • To develop a sense of ownership and solidarity with the community.

Q: What covenants of title do the cooperante have?

A: The Cooperants Network guarantees the cooperants identity reserve and the confidentiality of the information provided to the Public Force.

Q: Does this mechanism involve the civil population in the conflict?

A: No. The only objective of the Cooperants Network is to facilitate information that permits to the Public Force to be ready before terrorist or criminal. This mechanism doesn't expose the civil population to any risk, instead benefits the community in terms of its security.

P: How to be part of the Cooperants Network?

  1. Go to or communicate to the nearest military unit.
  2. Ask for the person in charged of the Cooperants Network and tell him about your desire to collaborate.
  3. Receive information about the program.
  4. Agree the communication channel that more suits you to cooperate. Feel proud of belonging to the Cooperants Network.

Q: How to cooperate?

  • By giving in personal information to those responsible for the CooperantsNetwork of each of the Military Units.
  • Contact by phone with the nearest unit
  • Sending information through the E.mail

Q.What contribution represents to the country the information provided by a cooperant?

R: The citizens that solidarily cooperates providing substantial information in terms of vital security, to be early in the commission of terrorist acts around the country. In general, the cooperants information refers to terrorist plans, kidnappings, terrorists' location, explosive, armament, narcotics, etc.

P: Who administers the Cooperants Network?

R: The National Army Cooperants Network administered by coordinators in each of the Divisions and Brigades all around the Colombian territory, committed with the citizens to improve its security conditions. The program also has the active participation of the President of the Republic like main observer of the Network.

Q: What procedure does the Public Force follow when receiving information from a cooperant?

A: Once the information is received, it passes through a verification process. In the event of checking the threat, the Public Force channels the information so that the corresponding operations could be conducted.

To better illustrate the situations and circumstances in those in which the Cooperants Network helps to combat the terrorism and the common delinquency, next two of the many cases are presented in those that the National Army has received opportune information on the part of the citizenship, what has allowed to prevent criminal acts and terrorists in the civil population's benefit.

Case one:

thanks to the information of a cooperant, troops from the Eighteenth Brigade located a cache belonging to the Eln’s Domingo Laín Sáenz front in Arauca. In the inlet was found abundant war material, ammunition and weapons such as pistols, revolvers, shotguns, magazines, Fal and Galil rifles and mortar grenades. The terrorists also had hidden a powerful explosive material compound for three antipersonal mines, two land mines three "Chinese hat" type mines, 10 electric fuses and a launching ramp to activate them. They also found communication radios, antennas, multipurpose vests, campaign backpacks and false documents.

Case two:

In Floridablanca municipality, Santander, a girl that had been a forced recruitment victim was able to escape from the Farc. The girl was disoriented and fearful for the Farc retaliations that they could against against her and her family. A cooperant found out about the girl's difficult situation and decided to contact her in order to take her to the military authorities of the area. The opportune intervention the cooperant allowed him to know how to treat with her and to guide the girl appropriately.

The girl was taken to a secure place with the protection of the Army that immediately made the necessary administrative so that she could be again integrated to the society, far from the weapons and the violence. The girl was welcomed by the Colombian Institute for the Family Well-being and received psicological attendance for her recovery.

The cooperants network has established an effective channel of communication between the Public Force and the community, improving with it the civil population's security conditions and preventing the commission of terrorist acts.