Mexico: Massive purge of police agencies beginning. Up to possibly 80% found to be corrupt.

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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.

El Diario de Coahuila  (Saltillo, Coahuila)  12/9/08
Edgar Olvera Higuera, chairman of the Committee on Public Security of Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies, said that the purges that are being applied to police agencies in Mexico will result in only 20% of the current number of policemen remaining afterward.
Of the 375 thousand police throughout the country, some 80% are not passing the “trustworthiness controls”, which include anti-doping, psychological, background and physical capability. New legislation is making such tests mandatory and “more than half are leaving and the rest are packing their bags upon failing the trustworthiness controls.”
The same legislation is looking to improve salaries and working conditions. There are some police who make a thousand pesos a month and the majority of them barely reach seven thousand a month.
(One U.S. dollar is currently selling at over 13.50 pesos in Mexico)
But “El Universal” (Mexico City, 12/9/08) reported that Mexico’s Dep’t. of Public Security acknowledged that so far only 15% of the country’s police have been evaluated, meaning 56 thousand out of the nationwide total of 420 thousand. (sic)
Diario de Yucatan  (Merida, Yucatan)  12/9/08
At a press conference with foreign journalists, Eduardo Medina Mora, Att’y. Gen. of Mexico, said that homicides linked to organized crime have increased 117% up to December in comparison with the year 2007.
From January 1st to December 2nd, 2008, these homicides rose to 5,376 compared to 2,477 in the same period last year. He attributed the violence to a dispute between two factions of the Pacific Cartel and warned that an even greater increase could be expected without let up until December 2009.
El Heraldo  (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  12/9/08
“Christmas is nearing and the deportees from the United States seem to be falling from the sky like snowflakes.” To start the week two flights from the U.S. arrived yesterday in Honduras and brought a total of 226 deportees. More are expected later this week.
Frontera  (Tijuana, Baja Calif.,)  12/9/08
Eight of the thirteen articles featured on the front page of this paper’s site had to do with different criminal events, from robbery to kidnapping to homicide to illicit drug affairs.
La Jornada  (Mexico City)  12/9/08
–     The #3 officer of Mexico’s Distrito Federal “Judicial Police” was shot and killed Monday evening as he arrived at his home. He was repeatedly shot by his killers, who then fled. The victim had been investigating criminal activities in Tepito, a notoriously troubled area of Mexico City.
–     Fifty-nine Central Americans being smuggled in a truck had to set off on foot after the driver fled following an accident. Police found them walking by a highway near Ocozocuautla, Chiapas, arrested them and said “they will be repatriated in the next few hours.”
El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  12/9/08
Seven policemen in Ascencion, Chihuahua, were arrested for being involved in furnishing “protection” to a drug dealer.
Other headlines from the “State News” section:
–    Four found dead in Chihuahua
–    Finding of a grenade causes street closures
–    Two lifeless bodies found in San Isidro
–    Five are executed; one is decapitated
Diario Presente  (Villahermosa, Tabasco)  12/9/08
Mex. army personnel and federal agents surrounded the police facilities of four different smaller towns in Tabasco. They then arrested ten policemen of those towns because their names had been found on a drug cartel’s payroll.
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