The majority of the 334 Juarez police officers that were dismissed last year after failing "confidence exams" have left the city but a few have remained. These exams consisted of some sort of polygraph examination to weed out those who were questionable as having ties to organize crime. Most of these police officers that were suspected of being dirty and subsequently terminated have been tracked by the Juarez Municipal Police and the multi task force conducting an operation known as "Operación Conjunto Chihuahua", said Ciudad Juarez Mayor José Reyes Ferriz.
These are a lot of officers suddenly without a job and on the streets of Juarez desperate for a source of income. It's not easy finding a good paying job for anyone, yet alone for a police officer with especific skills not common in most professions.
"Most of the policemen who were terminated for failing the confidence exams left the city, but those who remained behind, have been monitored tracking their activities," said Mayor Ferriz.
"El Chapo" Guzman.
It was reported that several of these crimes were committed when he was still an active member of the Ministry of Municipal Security.
Delgado Carmona was a "preventive agent" in this city for 10 years and was assigned to District Babicora.
And just recently in the northern part of the state of Michoacan the Mexican police arrested a former police officer Marcos Arturo Juárez Cruz, aka "El Chamuco" or otherwise "The Demon," who formed part of the drug cartel known as, "La Familia." "El Chamuco" was a state police officer between 2001 and 2007, a time in which the Secretary of federal Public Security (SSP) said that he provided support to the well armed Gulf cartel, and a group of assassins (sicarios) known as Los Zetas.
At that time the Gulf cartel was allied with "La Familia" in operations in Michoacan, but later they broke off their relationsship and are now rivals.
The SSP emphasizes that despite his youth, "El Chamuco" was well respected within the organization for his violent temper and coolness when killing his rivals.
Mayor Ferriz said that the "Operación Conjunto Chihuahua" does a good job keeping track of police officers that have been given their termination papers after failing the reliability tests.
"The municipality conducts surveillance on them, but more importantly the "Operación Conjunto Chihuahua" is tracking those who are more difficult to investigate," said Reyes Ferriz.
Some of the policemen who failed the exams were able to be placed in several companies by the Municipality, "so they would have a decent source of income," said the mayor, but could not say how many.
Yes, I am in agreement that it's essential to remove the corrupt elements from within the police ranks as soon as possible, otherwise any significant result in controlling this wave of violence and mayhem in the streets of Juarez will be a total failure. Results form these initatives will be slow coming and in the mean time we will continue to see the slaughtered of human bodies dumped on the city streets at a record number.
The only key element ovelooked by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz, who are supposedly attempting to wage a war against the organized crime, is the corrupt political machine that protects the criminal structure from top to bottom. That is truly what is needed for any meaningful eradication of the carnage that has been engrained way too long in the very fabric of the social norm in Mexico.
But that is a story for another time!