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Mexico: High percentage of personnel in law enforcement fail background checks

November 28, 2008

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

(Mexico used to have their equivalent of our annual State of The Union address; that has now been transformed into written replies to a series of “Parliamentary Inquiries” posed by the Legislature. What follows is one of the replies by President Calderon; it made news in newspapers all over Mexico on Thursday.)
49.4% of the 56,065 city and state police officers, as well as the new entrants  to the Federal Preventive Police who were evaluated this year turned out “not recommended.”
(The evaluations are in essence individual background examinations.) Breaking that into separate data, the President said that 26,163 members of city police agencies were examined and 61.5% resulted in being “not recommended.”
The reply to the Congress did not explain what happened to that percentage of agents.
Of the 11,276 “integral evaluations” of the new entrants program of the Federal Preventive Police, 51.3% were graded as “not recommended.” Likewise, the areas of the country with the highest percentages of “not recommended” results are Zacatecas (70.7%), Coahuila (69%) and San Luis Potosi (64.7%).
The evaluations were made by Mexico’s Department of Justice. The President’s reply to the Legislative also stated that 175 investigations were undertaken against 248 Dep’t. of Justice personnel and that this resulted in penal action against eighty persons, of which 29 were from the “AFI”
(Mex. equivalent to the FBI.)
El Universal , La Jornada  (both Mexico City)  11/27/08
A day of violence produced seven murders linked to organized crime in Ciudad Juarez; one of the victims was a city police officer who had been forcible abducted Wednesday morning. There were also additional assassinations elsewhere in the state of Chihuahua as well as in Tijuana, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Michoacan and the Distrito Federal.
La Jornada (Mexico City)  11/27/08
Last August, 100 days ago, a “National Security Accord” was signed by prominent leaders of government, business and society in Mexico. The program aimed at purging law enforcement agencies, creating strategies against organized crime including money laundering activities, supporting local governments in combating major crimes, and others. Now, specialists in these fields are claiming that neither the government nor the other signatories have achieved much in reaching those goals.
(More than one op/column in other papers also commented on this same issue.)
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