October 20, 2014
Mexico’s federal police took over security in 13 towns after investigators uncovered alleged links between local police and organized crime, a security official said. Authorities were investigating the disappearance last month of 43 students from the town of Iguala in the southern state of Guerrero when they made the discovery, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said at a news conference yesterday. Twelve of the towns are in Guerrero, where authorities are looking for the teaching students who disappeared last month from the town of Iguala, 120 miles (193 kilometers) south of Mexico City, after clashes with local law enforcement left six people dead. Gang members acting in tandem with local police killed 17 of the students, state prosecutor Inaky Blanco said on Oct. 6.
March 19, 2014
Los 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.
March 19, 2014
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.
January 23, 2014
The 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.
November 1, 2013
The 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.
October 18, 2013
The 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.
October 9, 2013
Los Angeles Times, 10/8/2013
Thirteen 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.