By Dialogo March 02, 2011 The military will take to the streets of Honduras to patrol with the police in joint operations, for the purpose of combatting the high crime rate, official sources announced on 28 February. “President Porfirio Lobo has ordered the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Security to conduct joint operations, and we’re going to take the necessary measures to carry out those orders,” the top military commander, Gen. René Osorio, said at a press conference. Lobo called a meeting bringing together the presidents of the judicial branch, Jorge Avilés, and the legislative branch, Juan Orlando Hernández, as well as Osorio and the ministers of defense, Marlon Pascua, and security, Oscar Alvarez, among other authorities, in order to make decisions for the fight against crime. “The president has been clear that Defense should support the Ministry of Security, and we’re going to continue with the actions that have been taking place since last year, but they’re going to increase,” Pascua said. In the face of the crime wave Honduras is confronting, Lobo resolved to call the meeting upon his return from a trip to South Korea, Singapore, and Kuwait.