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Monday, January 31, 2011

New Police Force to Operate in Violent City of Juarez

A new municipal police force made up of 422 certified officers will begin patrolling the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, officials said.

The announcement came after a meeting in Mexico City Friday between the governor of Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located, Cesar Duarte; Ciudad Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia; and Mexican Government Minister Jose Francisco Blake, as well as other federal security officials.

The new police force is one of a series of measures being implemented to stem the violence in Juarez.

Mexico’s poorly paid and ill-equipped municipal police officers are frequently bought off by drug cartels or other organized-crime elements, according to federal authorities, who have proposed streamlining city police forces into 32 state police departments.

Ciudad Juarez, where more than 7,000 people have been murdered since 2008, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years and the number of homicides topped 3,100 in 2010.

The violence is blamed on a war for control of the border city being waged by the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels.

Juarez first gained notoriety in the early 1990s when young women began to disappear in the area. More than 500 women and girls have been killed here since 1993, with the majority of the cases going unsolved.

More than 34,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle against Mexico’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

As part of that strategy, federal police officers and army soldiers have been deployed to Ciudad Juarez.


  1. Good luck guys......

  2. Wow..422 new municipal police officers..I salute you..for taking on one of the most, if not the most, dangerous jobs, in all of Mexico. No doubt..some of you will be killed in the line of duty..but your sacrifice will not have been in vain. Your part of a brotherhood now..and united you must face the evil that has plagued this city...God's speed...Mi Amigos..

  3. Isn't this where Pancho Villa's relative is Chief of Police?

  4. @ RAM

    Gen. Carlos Bibiano Villa is chief in Torreon, Coahuila.

  5. It is inevitable some will fall, let not one of these brave souls die in vain. The good people of Mexico are rising up.

    My prayers are with you - God bless you all.

  6. They will all die in vain as long as Prohibition remains in effect. History truly does repeat itself.

  7. And what will happen if "prohibition" is removed? All the marijuana, cocaine, meth, heroin and products that make it will be shipped by the donkey, truck and plane load all over the world? Is this the kind of world we want? A slave to a drug habit and the narcos who provide it?

    Or to be clean and free to make our way in the world?

    I have not met one person who does drugs (including myself when I was younger) who was not a slave to it. The degrees may vary, but a slave you are nontheless.

  8. Back to the new police force--

    I love it. I love them. I love the courage and dedication they personify. Let us not think of the sacrifice they may endure but of the heroes they will become. Each and every one of them.

    Together with the people of Juarez, they could start to solve some of these cases and not fear a quick response to shootouts as they unfold.

    I hope the same happens in Monterrey next..

  9. @Layla2

    Your'e one of those government sheep that normal folk like me and narcos love. Nobody is slave to nobody/nothing in the Western Hemisphere, if people want to do drugs they will no matter what even if it costs their lives or freedom. If these police are not corrupt or biased on who they arrest or go after then good for them personally but this will just cause more violence unfortunetly. Ciudad Juarez has already lots thousands of lives, left a couple 10,000 or so orphans, the economy has gone down because of the extortions or because nobody invests in Ciudad Juarez anymore or Mexico overall etc. You're way of thinking has destabilized many Latin American countries and has created a bigger gap between poor and the rich. Layla2 have you ever gone to Mexico before and where if you did.

  10. @ sahid what is your it good that the new cops are there ..or seem confused

  11. Sahid you are completely off point.

    First you say "nobody is a slave to nothin in the western world...they will do drugs even if it costs them their lives".. if this isn't being a slave to your own addiction I don't know what is?? Most addicts neglect their families, their children, their future for their "slave" habit.

    Then you go off with a recount of all the violence Mexico and Cuidad Juarez has been delt as if just because I don't live there I couldn't possibly know. Well no, I have not lived in Juarez but I am from a communist country who rebelled against the mighty Soviet Union because we wanted the freedom to live and make a living as we saw fit instead of have the government dictate our choices to us and control every aspect of our lives.

    I have said this before: "No man has the right to INITIATE the use of force against others." If he does, the full force of the police/military should be all over his ass.

    My way of thinkin' has not and will not destabilize any government because it rests on the principles of freedom, limited government with proper checks and balances, a judicial system that honors the constitution of the land, and a police and military whose mission is to protect the freedom of its citizens.

    This form of government, which the United States had at its beginning but has slowly and then more rapidly lost sight of, does not pit the rich against the poor, but encourages every individual to be productive to the best of their ability so that those that only reach as far as an office manager have the added benefit of those who can create multibillion $ corporations. We all benefit and have access to a good quality of life.

    Now tell me, have you ever met a narco or drug addict who can create this kind of a world? You are mistaken that criminals would like the kind of world I would help to create. It would be their worst nightmare.

    And if we could find a way for those who choose to do drugs to do so and not cause any harm to others--ANY HARM INCLUDING THEIR FAMILIES AND ASSOCIATES--then and only then would legalizing them be worth cosidering. Personally, I don't have much concern for marijuana but the others are so dangerous...

  12. @ sahid

    Your'e one of those government sheep that normal folk like me and narcos love.

    explain please and narcos are "normal folk"

  13. @ Layla,
    You talk about freedom and support prohibition. You talk about govt controlling people in the former communist bloc and deny the right of individuals in the US to choose their own lifestyle. Weird. It's actually my own experience in East Berlin and Prague in the 80s that makes me cherish my freedom in the US. I don't want any big brother to tell me how I should live, or die.

  14. Matanzas - you're off topic again. What the hell does that have to do with new cops in Juarez?

    Layla - same for you. Come on guys. Spare us your life histories unless it's ON TOPIC.

  15. @February 2, 2011 12:56 AM lito brito
    He prob means those folks who love big government and stuff...but I have a question for you. Why do you have to butt in, in every freakin argument between these two? What your not getting enough attention?

  16. You must ignore little burrito. He is obviously very lonely. I will also add undereducated, misinformed and to a slight degree, has a borderline personality disorder.

  17. Last thing I'll say here--

    A free society still needs laws that govern how men and women shall act so as not to infringe on the rights of others..

    Prohibition of narcotics and the trafficking thereof (let's even be specific and state definition as hard drugs, incl. illegal pain perscriptions) becomes part of the law necessary to enforce to keep people's lives AND PROPERTY safe from the criminals who engage in such acts.

    I don't give a damn if you choose to live or die--just don't try to force your behavior on me or my family or property.

    Now back to the original point of the NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT--I commend them for their bravery, their values (WHY THEY CHOOSE TO SERVE THEIR CITY/STATE) in such dangerous times, and feel honored they they would lay down their life for the citizens of Juarez who are scared to death and just want to protect their children.


  18. ignore the flys make sense

  19. can anyone at BB explain to me how this made it through moderation..i though we were trying to be more civil

    Deez Nutz said...

    You must ignore little burrito. He is obviously very lonely. I will also add undereducated, misinformed and to a slight degree, has a borderline personality disorder.
    February 2, 2011 11:19 AM
    but my reply dosen't make it through..hmmm...

    seems like there is some inconsistancy in moderation lately

  20. sounds to me like he hit the nail right on the head brito.

  21. More than 34,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle against Mexico’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.


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