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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Report Finds Thousands of Mexico Police Unfit for Service

DD for Borderland Beat republished from InSight Crime 

Written by Mike LaSusa

Mexican police cadets at a graduation ceremony
A recent report has found that nearly one in 10 of Mexico's police officers may be unfit for service, underscoring how continuing flaws in local security forces have contributed to the country's crime problems.

According to a study by the non-governmental organization Causa en Común (Common Cause) reported on by Animal Político, more than 28,000 Mexican police agents who had failed polygraph exams, drug screens or ability tests are still on the streets, despite laws requiring police forces to fire those who do not pass these requirements.

Some of the states suffering the highest levels of insecurity in Mexico have the highest proportion of officers unfit for service on their police forces.

graph copied from AnimalPolitico

 In Sinaloa, for example, over half of police officers have failed these tests. Of the 1,187 federal judicial police serving in the state, 654 (about 55 percent) were found to be unfit for service. Of 1,607 state police, 592 (about 37 percent) had failed vetting tests. And 2,413 municipal police officers out of a total of 4,796 -- more than half the force -- were determined to be unfit.

Similarly, some 30 percent of police in the state of Michoacán had not passed the vetting process. Veracruz has the highest total number of unfit officers on the street, with more than a quarter of police failing vetting exams. The states of Guerrero and Baja California also had large numbers of police deemed unfit for service.

In total, of the 303,492 police officers in Mexico, more than 28,000 -- nearly 10 percent -- had not passed the vetting process. Municipal police forces appeared to have the highest percentage of unfit officers: of 127,431 total nationwide, roughly 12 percent did not meet requirements. About 8 percent of federal judicial police, and roughly 7 percent of state police failed to pass vetting.

The 2009 National Public Security System Law (Ley del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública) requires all police officers carrying out "investigative" or "preventative" duties to pass exams like the ones described above. If they fail, they are supposed to be fired.

Additionally, state governments are required to re-evaluate officers every three years, but Causa en Común determined that many states have large percentages of officers who have not been re-evaluated on schedule.

"It is worrying that, given the weakness and even absence of control mechanisms and supervision in the states, there is a lag in the recertification process," Causa en Común stated.

 InSight Crime Analysis

The report from Causa en Común is not the first to highlight Mexico's difficulties with properly vetting its police force. In 2014, a report from the National Public Security System Secretariat (Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública - SESNSP) found similarly large percentages of police officers had failed vetting tests in states with high levels of criminal activity.

Mexico has made various attempts at police reform and has purged its forces of thousands of inept agents over the years, but incompetence and corruption clearly continue to plague its security institutions. This has helped the country's criminal organizations amass considerable wealth and power, and there are many cases of such groups co-opting police elements in order to serve their own illicit interests.

Mexico's response to this engrained corruption must be nuanced, however, as simply purging ranks of unfit agents may help supply criminal groups with fresh, trained recruits.


  1. Chief of the Policia Nazional Enrique Francisco Galindo Ceballos did not pass his certifications, confessed to misuse and misappropriting funds, has been accused of being a zeta from the start with his uncle "investigator" solver of more than 500 crimes, writer and astronaut also weapons and drug trafficking zeta associate Julio Ceballos, from San Luis Potosi
    El quike ceballos quickly reinstated all the officers genarco garcia luna had purged from the police corporations all over mexico, because the bottom line, is purging the poolice, the students, the workers and the politicians, only people certified by THE PARTY HAS ANY HOPES OF MAKING A LIVING IN MEXICO, EVEN CRIMINALS MUST BE CERTIFIED, or at least be certified contractors, preferably from Academi formerly blackwater, who will not be paid $60.00 a week like the mexican officers...
    --Mexicans under any "partnership" are third class citizens in their own country...

  2. Hey chivis can you post about el 80 de namiquipa being captured

    1. 5:14 El don nadie called "el 80 de namiquipa" se sale de la barra sin pagar porque nunca trai dinero, no porque sea muy maldito. What about you send his rap sheet and become a reporter?

  3. Those unfit serve in the police because they are corrupted and ... still alive.

    Those who were fit and honest are dead.

  4. 1 out of 10....bwahahaha...more like 6 out of 10

  5. Way too low. I say 6 out of 10 even in the best parts of Mexico and 10 out of 10 where shit is tough. Maybe occasionally there will be an honest one but he will learn whats up quick, quit the job, or get killed.

    1. All the poolice are corrupt, but only one or two out of every ten take almost all of the biiig money, the others just don't see, hear or tell anything about nothing, if they know what is good for them...

  6. In a country thats lawless, how can you still have police graduating?

  7. You can't be fit and honest on a job that doesn't give give you training, tools and psychological edge that's needed. My cousin who is a Federal Police officer tells me he has to purchase his own gun and ammo, pay for extra training, he even has to buy food out of pocket for his trained German Sheppard police dog. He also told me that when he started as a transit police he had no gun and had to send a certain amount of money to his superiors in Hermosillo or he would be fired. Imagine all of that on top of a very bad wage and cartels offering you money to work for them while you work for the police...most of the time is a no brainer. Either work at US owned factories that pay 100 pesos a day or be a corrupt police and make 5 times that to feed your family. Or try to cross the border to work construction or the fields. Make the decision.

    1. @ 7:54 Es mejor trabajar en el campo que andar traicionando el pais. Por lo menos uno vive en paz. Y con honor. - El Sol Perdido

    2. Cual pinchi campo, ya lo que se vendia es de las trasnacionales, lo demas is worthless or not for sale


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