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Mexico: Changes coming - police reform on the horizon

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 El Universal (Mexico City) 9/9/08

-  Mexico’s Federal Secretary of Public Security, Genaro García Luna, is seeking to create a single national standard model for police.  He says the present problem does not lie so much with the individual police officer as with an inadequate police system.  The present structure is corrupt, has no reach or scope and is continuing to deteriorate, he maintains.

”We are at the point of of introducing to Congress changes to the system, methodologies and the formation of a single model for police throughout the country,” he said.  ”Police officers should have at least a high school level education.  With such a standard, police could rise from municipal to federal levels,” he said.  García maintains that the coming year will present the essential opportunity for transforming the system.  ”In Mexico, recruitment of police was catching someone who had no job or education.  The present operating system doesn’t work.  Paying police wages less than necessary to actually survive doesn’t only lead to individual corruption, but department corruption.  The fault is not the officer’s, it’s the system’s.”

-  Nine more municipal police officers have been arrested in Balancán, Tabasco for alleged links to the Gulf Cartel.  The federal operation in Tabasco has so far made 26 such arrests of public servants suspected of being on the organized crime payroll.
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Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 9/9/08
Mexican immigration (INM) reports a substantial increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants in the area of Palenque, Chiapas.  In the past 10 days, the INM has arrested some 180 “illegals” of different nationalities.  The increase in arrests is attributed to an increase in INM agents assigned to the area.  Nationalities of  those arrested are mainly Guatemalan, Honduran, El Salvadoran and Cuban.  According to the article, most are heading north seeking the “American Dream.”
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El Debate (Sinaloa) 9/9/08
Police in Mazatlán, Sinaloa have begun wearing hoods and ski masks, following the example of Federal Police and the military.  Although it generates distrust from the citizens, the police feel it is necessary to hide their Identity rather than risking attacks from hit men hired by organized crime.
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El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 9/9/08
Federal Police arrested 35 municipal police officers of Torreón, Coahuila for attempting to protect local drug dealers.  The five people the police were trying to protect were also arrested.  The dealers are suspected of being members of the Gulf Cartel..
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La Crónica de Hoy (Mexico City) 9/9/08
“Without arms to confront crime you send them, hands tied, directly to the slaughterhouse, that is the truth,” accused the sister of a federal police agent killed several months ago in the state of Guerrero.  At the police promotions and awards ceremony that took place at the Federal Command Center, President Felipe Calderón listened to the complaints from widows and relatives of police officers and committed himself to taking an active part in the matters of their concerns.
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Diario de Yucatán (Yucatán) 9/9/08
Authorities believe the e-mail message in circulation in Yucatán that has caused widespread panic [our weekend report yesterday] did not originate from organized crime, but is an “irresponsible hoax.”  The Governor has launched an investigation aimed at finding the originator of the message.
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