Proven unfit, cops stay on their job

7/28/15 El Daily Post

veracruzUnqualified 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.

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Mexican Forces Rescue 15 Hostages and Capture 24 Suspected Kidnappers

7/9/15 Latin American Herald Tribune

federal police mexicoMexico’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.

7 Mexican federal police detained on extortion allegations

03/13/15 The Washington Post 

policemanMexican 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.

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Policing in Mexico

By Pedro Valenzuela, Mexico Institute intern

Police in Mexico.001In 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.

Mexico Missing: Protesters Try to Enter Army Base

BBC News, 01/13/2015

15798161092_6040394bb6_zRelatives 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.

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Mexico Police Held Over Abduction of Journalist Sanchez

1/8/2015 BBC News

police mexico scazonThirteen municipal police officers are being held in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz over the kidnapping of a journalist on 2 January.

Moises Sanchez was abducted from his home by armed men on 2 January.

Mr Sanchez works for a newspaper in the city of Medellin and is known for his coverage of drug-related violence.

The arrests come amid a series of horrific disappearances and murders in which the security forces are alleged to be involved.

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As Outrage over Iguala Continues, Mexican President Calls for Police Reform

12/13/2014 Fronteras Radio

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters
Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

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.”

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