July 31, 2015
7/28/15 El Daily Post
Unqualified agents who continue on the job. Low salaries. Shifts of more than 24 hours. Shaky professionalism. Obsolete testing. Shortages of uniformed agents. This is the reality of today’s police forces throughout Mexico. A report by the organization Causa en Común (Common Cause) titled “Do We Have the Police We Deserve?” provides a snapshot of the state of Mexican law enforcement today. The results are troubling. Almost no police force across the nation has carried out the “purification” of its personnel. Also, about 20 percent of the examinations that were given as part of that process are obsolete and were supposed to have been given again.
Veracruz is the most notable, but not the only, example of the effects of non-purification. More than 40 percent of its police force failed the confidence examination determining their reliability and trustworthiness, but they continue on the job.
July 9, 2015
7/9/15 Latin American Herald Tribune
Mexico’s federal police rescued 15 victims and captured 24 alleged kidnappers, in six operations spread across the states of Hidalgo, Mexico, Veracruz, Guerrero and Tamaulipas, the government said Tuesday.
Following intelligence reports and investigation, on Jul. 3, in Coyotepec municipality, in the state of Mexico, the police freed a hostage, held captive for five days, anti-kidnapping coordinator Renato Sales told reporters.
The police also detained eight suspects, linked to another four similar cases. Earlier on June 30, in Ecatepec municipality, in the state of Mexico, federal police managed to free one hostage and detain four alleged kidnappers. Later on July 1, in Tulancingo municipality, in Hidalgo, the police freed hostages and arrested two kidnappers.
March 13, 2015
03/13/15 The Washington Post
Mexican authorities said they detained seven more federal police officers Thursday in the northern border city of Matamoros in connection with an extortion investigation. A statement from the National Security Commission said the seven were taken into custody at the Matamoros airport. On Saturday, Mexican officials said soldiers and marines had detained 14 other federal police officers in Matamoros for kidnapping a businessman and demanding a $2 million (31 million peso) ransom. One was later released.
February 11, 2015
By Pedro Valenzuela, Mexico Institute intern
In this info-graphic, the Mexico Institute compares state and municipal police numbers across the country. It also describes some of the challenges that the police force in Mexico currently faces both at municipal and federal levels.
Click here to view or download the full image.
January 14, 2015
BBC News, 01/13/2015
Relatives and supporters of 43 Mexican students who disappeared in September in the south-western state of Guerrero tried to gain access to an army base in the town of Iguala on Monday.
The protesters demanded to be let in to search for the missing students.
They accuse the security forces of colluding in their disappearance.
Local police officers have confessed to handing the students over to a drugs gang, but they have not been seen since and their families are still searching.
December 16, 2014
12/13/2014 Fronteras Radio
Mexico’s president wants to change his country’s constitution to replace local police with state police. He also wants legal authority to take over municipal governments infiltrated by organized crime.
But ongoing protests and recent polls suggest Mexicans aren’t convinced the change will make a difference.
The move follows disgust in Mexico over a long delay by the federal government to investigate the murders of 43 college students….
Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, is quoted, stating “What Iguala has reminded Mexicans is that there are some really major parts of the foundations of the rule of law in the country that are still very weak.”