January 4, 2013
InSight Crime, 1/3/2012
Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security (SSP), the body charged with handling internal security, has formally been dissolved, part of an anti-crime strategy that President Enrique Peña Nieto argues will be different from his predecessor Felipe Calderon. On January 3, powers were officially transferred from the SSP to the Interior Ministry, which will now be the primary agency in Mexico responsible for internal security, as Excelsior reports. These responsibilities include oversight of the Federal Police and the country’s penitentiary system. The move was announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto in mid-November last year, two weeks before he took office, with Congress voting overwhelmingly in favor
December 23, 2012
Luis Cardenas Palomino, one of the most senior Mexican federal police officials, has rejected charges of corruption as he announced that he will resign on December 31. “After 23 years of public service, I have made the decision to move into the private sector,” Cardenas, the top cop in charge of regional security, wrote in an open letter posted on Facebook on Saturday. Cardenas Palomino faces no charges of wrongdoing, but under his watch there was a shoot-out in June between police in the Mexico City airport that killed three officers, and an attack by federal police in August on a US diplomatic vehicle that wounded two US agents.
“As a public official, I have been exposed to criticism, much of it empty and unfounded,” including charges of corruption, he said. “I leave this institution with my head held high, without having committed any act of which I must repent,” Cardenas Palomino wrote.