Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tamaulipas, a State with few Police

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate article

Subject Matter: Policing in Tamaulipas and or the lack of it
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

In one of the most violent States in the country with allegedly 2000 officers every year, however only 30% of those pass the polygraph test, and because of that they are seeking candidates in other States in the country.



The narco violence in the State and the rigorousness of the confidence exams has impacting the recruitment of new aspirants in the Tamaulipas Police, where there is a deficit of 7300 State elements

Actually the Tamaulipas Force in in charge of security in the 43 towns, with 2700 accredited police officers, and the support of the Army and the Marines under the Mando Unico.

"We are working to have our own police, and the State requires 10000 elements to Police the number of habitants, today we have 2700, it is a titanic job, but possible", said the governor Francisco Javier Garcia Cabeza de Vaca in pronouncing the permanence of the military forces in his State, in all that he doesn't have the number needed. (Otis: its fairly clear now why CdG can shut down the whole city of Reynosa, in one night without much effort).





To achieve the necessary levels, the State authorities plan on recruiting 2000 accredited police every year, however the principal problem is recruiting suitable candidates.

The Secretary of Public Security, Luis Felipe Lopez Castro, admitted the difficulty is them passing the control and confidence exams, that include a polygraph test, psychological profiling and toxicology reports. "There exists a rigour in the control and confidence exams, and from the toxicology reports, there have been users of non authorised drugs, as well as poor polygraph examinations. The psychological examinations permit us to know if an individual can show the propensity we need and the rectitude that we want within this body".

According to the statistics, there are many aspirants that seek to join the State Police, but only 30% of them pass the tests.

The government of Tamaulipas has extended its search to other States, while the majority of aspirants come from Tamaulipas, Mexico City, State of Mexico, Chiapas, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz and Puebla.

The rector of the University of Security and Justice, Gabriel Reyes Galvan recounted that under the new police system, recruitment is more difficult. The situation that people live in in matters of security make the boys think twice, their own family and their community tell them not to join up.


They kill cops in Nuevo Laredo

Former Governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores (2005-2010) lived during his administration a bloodbath, mainly in Nuevo Laredo. During 2005, 20 police were executed, including 17 Municipal Police Security agents and three others from the then State Ministerial Security agents and three others from the then State Ministerial Police.

One of the cases of greatest impact was the murder of Alejandro Dominguez Coello, on June 8th of that year, seven hours after being appointed Director of Public Safety in Nuevo Laredo.

The same corporation was again involved in a scandal on June 11th of that year, when municipal police attacked a group of Federal agents of the Federal Investigation Agency, who arrived from Mexico City to reinforce the Federales; for that reason 41 municipal police were transferred to the capital to be investigated by the PGR.

The situation caused one of the worst credibility crises in the Tamaulipas police corps; was when Governor Hernandez Flores spoke of the need for an alleged purge and training of police officers. Near the end of his administration, in August of 2010, with the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando occurred. These facts originated more investigations so that in 2011 led the finding of 145 corpses in clandestine graves; 17 of the 25 police officers of San Fernando were arrested and accused of having links with the criminals.

On April the 1st, 2013, the official disappearance of the municipal police officers entered forcefully into the 43 municipalities of Tamaulipas. The preventative agents were submitted for evaluation and those who were able to approve the processes received their certification and became part of the State Accredited Police. In a first stage operated the Mando Unico in 22 of the 43 Municipalities of the State. The remaining 21 were progressively added.


Egidio Torre Cantu said in his third report on November 25th, 2013, that the inauguration of the State Centre for the Evaluation of Control and Confidence, which took place four days ago, would allow us to have more professional security corporations, " we will do better, because we now have an effective coordination with the Federal Government", at the conclusion of his administration, Torre said that from 2011 to 2016, the State Centre for the Evaluation of Control and Confidence, carried out 25000 evaluations, with toxicological, psychological, polygraph and medical exams, better salaries for state police officers, scholarships for their children, access to credits housing, and one million pesos life insurance.

A team from El Universal went to the training facilities of the University of Security and Justice, where new recruits for the Tamaulipas police are trained.

In a walk through of the facilities, the chief Gabriel Reyes Galvan that it functions in two ways,preparing the accredited state police, with an initial training period of six months, that is split into two courses, one on public security and the other in police sciences, in all they take four years and lead to a degree in criminology.

They operate with a budget of 30 million pesos and with 120 personnel, the 120 made up of professional instructors and personal administration. We generate income from the courses we give, we started the training course in Santiago, Nuevo Leon.

With experience of training in the Federal police in Sidepol, Mexico, and as director of an academy, Reyes said that there is a big difference from two decades ago with the current training. It was abysmal, I came across active police officers who had never discharged their weapons in their lives, and were obese with serious health conditions.

Another example he said, is the virtual shooting range, where a group of agents were in full swing when we were there. He said they plan to extend the recruitment in the southeast of the country and in the high country. We bring the experience of other states, for example, in the civil force in Nuevo Leon, we had to recruit in Mexico City. Police job search hits on the Internet are in Hidalgo, Mexico City and State of Mexico, and you have to go for them.

An example of a foreign student is Carlos N from the State of Mexico. Standing in the training camp, he mentioned that from the age of 16 he wanted to be a policeman. By the type of professional preparation and benefits they grant, I decided to come to Tamaulipas. I am totally focused on getting ahead.


One of his instructors, Joel Vizcarra Martinez, said that he works with the recruits on their practical skills, weapons, comms, vehicle intervention and issues that they will face in the real world. Elsewhere, Jose Luis Padilla, instructor of police techniques and tactics, explained that at the time they were working on home based intervention. My biggest satisfaction is that until now all have been very good and none have been injured.

In reference to the income that agents have, when the accredited state police have a high school or higher education have an average salary of 13,400 pesos per month, with a life insurance of a million pesos, scholarships for their children and medical services for him and his family. If he only has secondary school education he earns 7,700 pesos per month, but receives support to attend high school and improve his income.

The chief said that they can turn this around, from the negative image that Tamaulipas has, from an insecure state, we can turn it into a state of innovation. He pointed out that it is necessary to give the corporation 10,000 credited agents, an average of 2000 per year. I am convinced that we can have the best police in the country, and the most capable. The challenge is not easy. From 2012 to April 2017, 24 state police officers have died in the line of duty.

Original article in Spanish at El Debate

45 comments:

  1. You can add 1000000000 of police, but they will do the citizens no good if the top continues to be corrupt!

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    1. Can understand your frustration with what's transpiring in Mexico. Small steps at a time. Maybe soon such rigorous testing practices will also be applied to government officials.
      Such opposition for such from government officials are the ones who most likely compromised .
      Nevertheless this should not be dismissed nor discouraged from implementations which did not exist before.
      E42

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    2. 12:54 and 1:41 complimenting your own 11:45 comment is called cebollazo, self congratulation

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  2. Thanks for translating Otis. I really enjoyed the read. Im glad this is happening and I wish tamps the best of luck. I hope they can make a difference.

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  3. Bring back the Hercules Squad!!??

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    1. T:28 no mames güey,
      Each new governor needs his needs covered,
      the Juersaz Herculos were corrupt as they come, they were viejidio cantu's butchers too. They must be using their expertise in more productive businesses like genarco garcia luna their former boss did, he became a famous.millionaire entrepreneur in Florida, US.

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  4. There was a video where about 40 Golfo members are praying before a confrontation in Reynosa

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    1. Yea right like carrying a bible in one hand and a fire arm in the other. Like inmates in prison while they are outside committing crimes they could care less about the lord but once they get caught and incarcerate they seek guidance form the lord.
      Hippocrates is all they are.

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    2. Esa bola de pendejos por que oran si dios existe ellos van para el infierno.

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    3. "As long as there are finals, God will never leave school"
      Said Ronald Reagan when his prayer in schools legislation got all facked up, I think narcos have a right to pray, specially when they are about to engage in some bloody war against superior weapons and firepower.

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  5. Read this few day back.
    Glad you posted.
    The shortage of policing officials in that state is a dire situation. However I'm am impressed with the requirements and testing process which were badly needed for rooting out compromised individuals. This business of drug trafficking has led to an employment of sorts within government and municipal offices throughout the whole country. Influential elements to further enhance and engage in such with impunity.
    One thing is evident that employment for such is available for those seeking.
    However those willing to undertake such careers knows the challenges and risks involved. Nevertheless a dired necessity for a country torn from Narco wars.
    Great job posting.

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    1. 7:26 it has been tried before, in Trampalipass!
      Cadets and police officer candidates were found to have been given the test questions before getting examined, and you pay you pass, no controls over the examiners, same thing in the police academy in San Luis Potosi whose's favorite son himself Enrique Francisco Galindo Ceballos did not pass his accreditations and had to resign before he got fired by MANELICH CASTILLA CRAVIOTTO ("The Man Who Sold San Luis Potosi to the Cartel de Sinaloa for 10 Millon Dollars").
      When epn "won" the PRIsidence, He hired galindo Caballos for director of the policia federal, galindo ceballos hired again all the police officers fired for failing their accreditations that wanted their jobs back; after the Tanhuato massacre of innocent workers planted for the purpose, galindo ceballos got his ass kicked out of the policia federal again, and got replaced by Castilla Cravioto again! Castilla Craviotto, is famously a Carlos Slim Helu protegé...they are loyal to their Plataforma Mexico of the Plataforma Slim, gaining ground with each batch of murdering or fallen police officers and commanders and their victims.

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  6. Please I hope so live off the border of reynosa would like for it to get back to its old from again I pray for the honest people that live there God bless u

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  7. 5:28 the FUERA DELICTIVA TAMAULIPAS of new narco-governor francisco javier garcia cabeza de vaca (que es puro güey) needs back up, they can't take over the whole state from prior juersaz policiales of Viejidio Torre Cantu and their narco-associates,
    --Brig Gen Ubaldo Ayala Tinoco died during surgery, he was an infantry officer, with military intelligence studies in the pentagon, and 3 months as SSPE, had denounced corruption of high level commanders clouded with zetas.
    --General Arturo Gutierrez Garcia, SSPE TAMAULIPAS, fired after Grupo de Inteligencia Estatal Acreditable members beat to death one of their brothers at arms: police officer Benito Garcia Medina, General Gutierrez was sent to work as SSPE chief in San Luis Potosi.
    --Commander Salvador de Haro Muñoz, artillery, courses of protection to government officers, instructor, intelligence officer, "trained with israelis", SSPE #TAMAULIPAS, killed with two escorts, 6 may 2014
    Police corporations all over mexico always hire criminals because it is expedirnt, but in police.academies, one of the tests is to kick back the paycheck to the commanders, at least some $ or you don pass your accreditations, and if you stay you get FRAGGED BY YOUR OWN COMRADES. Orders from above, only the corrupt get good wages and promotions and the job.
    In colombia the Policia Nacional had too many members of La Comunidad del Anillo, with photo albums of cadets that could be.rented by the hour or by the night, murder was used to supreme dissent, but it came out, with high officers and dignitaries being outed for their vices.
    I believe community defenses would work well, for free, on Amyexican community, supported by federal and state police, even municipales, as long as they don't come to "lord the plaza around".
    Of course when robbing the people is all that matters, FEDERAL Law and Order mophakas from the capital DF will keep trying to do it "by remote control" for all the money they can get.

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  8. CHIVA, AMÀ! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY❤💟💖💗💙💚💛
    deng, better late than never, no?

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  9. Still no coverage of whats happening in reynosa and other parts of tamps over the last week... I realize people are busy and articles need to be translated and I am very appreciative of the work done by the staff and contributers here on BB. however I would really like to see some coverage on what has been happening in reynosa and the rest of tamps over the last week as I am sure many other would like to read also.

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  10. $700 dollars a month???
    Wtf no wonder these guys choose to go with the cartel. Benifits are good but the pay is shity af. Wow.

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    1. I'm not from Mexico but from what I've read, 700$ a month of steady pay with benefits is very lucrative. What's the average monthly income in Mexico? I remember reading that locals working at hotels and resorts make about 45$ a week in wages (not including tips). Whether that's accurate or not, that's less then 200$ a month and probably with very little to no benefits. 700$ a month in US is obviously very very poor but that 700$ is more then some low level cartel members make.

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    2. Ya, but with the bribe money their gonna get, if they tow the line, and don't get greedy they could eek out a decent living in Mexico. That's why so many sign up. So they can get bribes, pay, bennies, and retirement. The greedy or shady ones get killed or arrested. That's the whole culture in Mexico. Always has been.

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    3. "Pobricitos polesias mejicanos"
      --The AutoDefensas can do the job, better, for free, against all odds, so, get out of the way, Pinchis Pobricitos Polesias Mejicanos!

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  11. Reading articles, it would almost seem that they are better off without police.

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  12. You can train them all you want but unless they receive better pay they will use that training in a better paying criminal and corrupt career.

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  13. Dr. Mireles has been released!!!!!!!

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    1. That will never happen

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  14. Anyone notice the tales of rampant corruption and chaos seem to have skyrocketed under the great PRI again?
    Most politicians seem to have no shame and do a unique kind of hypocrisy,but Mexicos politicos take it to a whole new level

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  15. Mireles free the bigest news ever !!!

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  16. Saludos para toda esa gente de Tamaulipas. Gente de arranque. - Sol Prendido

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  17. There are pictures of Takia,Pablo Alvarez online,the estaca leader of NL plaza,this is the kid who was fighting in C Victor and even got arrested there until they found out who he was and let him go.He was in all those pictures that came out of NL of young sicarios a few years back with Viejito,Quintero,Kenzo,Griffin etc

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  18. Attention, Dr Mireles was freed an hour ago.

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  19. No es mentira.
    Hay sicarios de Sinaloa, paseandose en Reynosa. Anoche se vieron 50 camionetas salir de Chedraui con las insignias CDS... no es cuento ... sera que vienen apoyando a la gente de matamoros... aqui los metros andan espantados

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    1. Este hablador oy no mas jaja XD si supieras que Chedraui es Tampico ya deja google maps enpaz chamaco cheerleader del Sinaloa. Ay nunca havido y habra CDS es tierra pero muy pesada del los Golfos y Zetas a esas esquinas de Tamaulipas.

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    2. pues yo sere otro hablador.. porque el mismo convoy lo vi por la Praxedis Balboa.. no eran 50 camionetas pero si unas 10 con calaveras y las tres letras C.D.S... yo trabajo en la refineria de Pemex y eran como las 5am del jueves en la madrugada cuando me sacaron un pedote.. no es cuento hasta a mi me sorprendio que anduvieran estos vatos aqui en Reynosa

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    3. Son los mismos Tamaulipecos que andan haciendo esas payasadas

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    4. @ 10:47 entonces por que traiban placas de Durango ?

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    5. 4:50 Mañana les pregunto compa dame chanza....
      yo soy de lucio blanco Tamaulipas, onde siempre ay chingasos y la neta ya nos tienen hasta la madre por mi k se los lleve la chingada a todos parejos. Nomas los traen a puros vergasos los marinos y van y se meten a cualquier casa de gente inocente a largar sus camionetas todas puteadas junto con las pipas del huachicol o las vans viejas

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  20. Dr. Mirelesmtomget released tomorrow ..... news reporting major news groups in mexico

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  21. Yes. Many continue to think this is just one more false hope for Dr. Mireles but, in this case, it's the real thing. He will be free by tomorrow. (still faces charges, but at least free)

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  22. Hay que chikitear porke la vida se acaba

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  23. The Revolution could come from the military. They have the guns and not afraid to use them. Weak Mexican government
    It will happen.

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    1. 1:53 not unless the military cleans itself, from the bottom up. Soldiers need to elect their own brass, instead of cheap Cooper bras hanging from the president's ball sack that exploit and abuse their own soldiers.
      --It was discovered that the Contras fighting in Nicaragua for the US, were being fed one meal per day in spite of the US providing 3 full meals per person per day, the military has always robbed and exploited their lower level subordinates, even Napoleon used to steal their medical supplies budget, of course, Josephine needed only the best for her pinchis nalgas.
      --Corrupt military courts have also invaded mexican civilian courts to make sure their members are protected.

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  24. dick, that's everywhere. every city in us, has these uncontrolled areas

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