Written by Jeanna Cullinan
In Sight Crime
Mexican authorities detained 175 police for suspected links to organized crime in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, according to reports.
Reports varied on the number of police detained in three days of operations carried out by the army and marines, with El Universal giving the total figure as 175. The arrests took place in the municipalities of Apodaca, Pesqueria, Mina, and Santa Catalina.
Nuevo Leon, which has been hit by increasing levels of drug violence, is instituting a new civil police force which is meant to take over the duties of the armed forces in fighting organized crime.
As InSight Crime has noted, local and state police in Mexico are widely thought to be more susceptible to corruption from criminal groups because many are severely underpaid.
Additional Notes and Updates:
At least 7 of the 82 Apodaca police officers detained are being investigated for the August 4, 2011 murder of a man who allegedly was detained for spying on the officers.
After the the alleged detention the man disappeared. He was later found dead with three.45 caliber gunshot wounds to his back.
The Mayor of Santa Cantarina, Gabriel Navarro, held a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the the cessation of 261 police.
He explained in August the Santa Cantarina police department consisted of 364 officers:268 police and 96 assigned to transit patrol.
124 officers were relieved of duties for failing to appear for vetting evaluations on September 14.
66 officers were placed under investigation as a result of the vetting process and 48 did not pass evaluation.
Additionally 23 agents were suspended and eventually relieved of duties due to administrative processes.
As of today, the municipality has 61 active police officers and 42 tranist police who have passed vetting evaluations. The mayor said for now, security will be supplemented by both military and Federal police forces.