Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

US, Mexico build police academy in anti-drug effort

Saturday, May 14, 2011 |

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AFP
The United States and Mexico have begun building a new police academy in the central Mexican state of Puebla as part of the Merida joint anti-drug effort, the head of the initiative said.

Mexican federal police have been receiving training under the auspices of the Merida program since 2008 at a public security academy at San Luis Potosi in northern Mexico that trains officers for a variety of missions.

But Keith Mines, the US director of the Merida Initiative, said on Monday that the new academy would be the "first of its kind in the world" and would cater exclusively to security forces involved in the initiative.

He said the State Department would be providing $4 million for the center and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other security agencies would be advising the academy.

Last month the United States announced a $500 million increase in the aid it provides under the crime-fighting Merida Initiative to broaden US anti-drug assistance beyond Mexican federal law enforcement.

The United States, which shares a 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border with Mexico, has promised training and equipment to Mexico's security forces under the three-year, $1.3 billion initiative to tackle organized crime

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Anonymous said...

Damned if you do,damned if you don't, OH WELL get ready for better trained NARCOs. All the training in the world will not keep a cop honest, but I sure hope this helps.

AmigoAnónimo said...

Another $500 million for the drug war? Insanity is doing the same thing over & over, while expecting a different result. 1st academy of its kind is irrelevant before it's even built.

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

To much negativity for something positive. All the training in the world will not keep a cop honest, but I sure hope this helps. All the best trained, most honest, well equipped, better educated police force in the world can not stop the drug dealing and drug use.

Anonymous said...

This won't be about drug dealing or drug use but about stopping the violence associated with it, getting the U.S. involved with the high tec. equipment and skills to help will improve life among the good hard working people of Mexico , God knows they deserve it.

Ardent said...

'Mexican federal police have been receiving training (by the US government) under the auspices of the Merida program since 2008 at a public security academy at San Luis Potosi in northern Mexico that trains officers for a variety of missions.'

Now perhaps we see why so many of our resident BB Right Wing experts have some passing familiarity, too, with Monterrey. They pass through the city on their way back from San Luis Potosi and perhaps stop off for a whorehouse or two experience there in RegioLandia? This 'training' stuff goes both ways... like a see saw.

Ardent said...

I'm afraid that this article tells us much more about the authors of the article and the elite US think tanks that sponsored writing it than it actually does about the Zetas.

Know who sponsors your US government pro-war disinformation and you do get an education from it... http://www.insightcrime.org/about-us Don't think some about where the dope is coming from and you will stay ignorant.

Anonymous said...

Well it's about fucking time the US put out some help. Now if we can get out of Iraq and Afghanistan we might have some more money and people for Mexico.

But watch those gringos Mexico. Once they get their nose in your business they won't want to leave. They hang around annoying everyone and telling them how everything should be done. Mind your manners boys and don't wear out your welcome.

Anonymous said...

Si los GAFES se hicireron ZETAS ,acaso estos policias van a ser la fuerza de elite de sinaloa y se van a llamar los ESES. Por lo de SSP.
Uno nunca sabe.

Ardent said...

Oops, I posted my comments about another article here at 3:05 pm. So many home distractions!

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