Mexico loses second security official in 2 months

March 19, 2014

federal police mexicoLos Angeles Times, 03/19/14

The government of Enrique Peña Nieto has lost its second senior security official in as many months, underscoring concern about rising crime and how effective the administration’s policing policies are. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong on Tuesday formally announced the resignation of Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, national security commissioner, whom he praised for his work to improve intelligence and fight corruption.
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Mexico appoints new chief of federal police

March 19, 2014

Latitudes Press.The Washington Post, 03/19//14

The Mexican government has chosen the man who runs its national security council to be the new chief of federal police two days after the previous official resigned. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Tuesday that Monte Alejandro Rubido is replacing Manuel Mondragon as the head of the National Security Commission. Senators must still approve the appointment.


Under Gang’s Rule, a Mexican City Loses Hope in the State

January 23, 2014


michoacanenglishThe New York Times, 01/16/2014

Like the shutters closing in an old Western, the metal gates on storefronts in this town slammed shut and their owners fled as first a powerful drug gang took hold and then the federal police and soldiers arrived to restore order, stirring fears of a bloody showdown.

There was good reason: Even as the federal forces massed in and around City Hall on Tuesday, a pharmacy was burned around the corner, which many took as a signal that the criminal gang with a lock grip here was still in control. On Wednesday night, somebody was shot yards from the regional offices of the federal prosecutor, where dozens of officers are now stationed. Last week, City Hall itself was firebombed, its lobby scarred with soot and still smelling of smoke.

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Mexico’s Federal Police Reorganized into 5 Regional Commands

November 1, 2013

Policia MexicoThe Latin American Herald Tribune, 10/31/2013

The overhaul of the Federal Police has started, with the law enforcement agency being reorganized into five regional operations commands to fight crime more effectively in Mexico, the National Security Commission said.

The federal law enforcement agency will have northwestern, northeastern, central, western and southeastern commands, National Security Commissioner Manuel Mondragon said.

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Mexico again missing deadline on vetting police officers

October 18, 2013

Policia MexicoThe Los Angeles Times, 10/17/2013

Five years and millions of U.S.-supplied dollars later, Mexican authorities are acknowledging they are still a long way from purging and improving local and federal police forces, among the most corrupt institutions in the country.

The deadline for certifying hundreds of thousands of police nationwide — already blown once — is Oct. 29. This week, the government said the process will not be completed by that date and suggested there should not be a deadline at all.

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13 federal police among 18 arrested in Mexico kidnapping probe

October 9, 2013

Los Angeles Times, 10/8/2013

Mexican Police catch drug dealer photo by Jesús Villaseca P Latitudes PressThirteen Mexican federal police officers are among 18 people arrested last week on suspicion of being part of a deadly kidnapping ring operating in the troubled Pacific resort city of Acapulco, government officials said Tuesday. The arrests on Wednesday and Friday probably will do little to improve the reputation of the federal police, an agency that former President Felipe Calderon, who left office in December, had hoped in vain to transform into Mexico’s most trustworthy crime-fighting force.

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Mexican officials look for missing chopper carrying out flood relief

September 20, 2013

800px-US_Marine_Corps_UH-1N_Huey_helicopterThe Washington Post, 9/20/2013

Mexican authorities are searching for a federal police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-stricken Pacific coast.

An army captain who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Friday that the army and other civilian authorities are still looking for the chopper, a day after it was reported missing.

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Mexico ends open access for US security agencies in fight against cartels

April 30, 2013

IMG_7195Associated Press, 4/30/13

Mexico is ending its unprecedented open relationship with U.S. security agencies that developed in recent years to fight drug trafficking and organized crime. All contact for U.S. law enforcement will now go through “a single window,” the federal Interior Ministry, the agency that controls security and domestic policy, said Sergio Alcocer, deputy foreign secretary for North American affairs.

Alcocer confirmed the change to The Associated Press on Monday, three days before U.S. President Barack Obama visits for his first bilateral meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office Dec. 1. The new policy is a dramatic shift from the direct sharing of resources and intelligence between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement under former President Felipe Calderon, who was lauded by the U.S. repeatedly for increasing cooperation between the two countries. FBI, CIA, DEA and border patrol agents had direct access to units of Mexico’s Federal Police, army and navy and worked closely with Mexican authorities in major offensives against drug cartels, including the U.S.-backed strategy of killing or arresting top kingpins.

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Mexico moves to demote federal police force

November 27, 2012

Los Angeles Times, 11/26/2012

Through most of the administration of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the federal police agency has held a starring role, built to seven times its previous size and favored by American advisors and dollars despite persistent troubles and scandals.

But President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, who is meeting Tuesday with President Obama, has already demonstrated that one of his immediate actions will be to demote the police force, raising questions about his security policies at a time of heightened deadly violence across the country.

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Mexico’s president-elect proposes putting scandal-hit federal police under new control

November 15, 2012

The Washington Post, 11/14/2012

Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico’s president-elect proposed a government reorganization Wednesday that would put the scandal-hit federal police under control of the department responsible for domestic security.

Enrique Pena Nieto said the purpose was “to create a new organization scheme to improve internal security … and with that restore peace and tranquility for all Mexicans.”

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