Mexico Institute in the News: Assailed Mexican State Fires City's Police

Dec 23, 2011

The Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2011

"Mexico's Gulf state of Veracruz, besieged by warring drug cartels and weary of trying to root out drug-related corruption among local police, took an unusual step this week: It fired the entire police force of its largest city, the port of Veracruz... 

"It's another indication of how bad the situation has gotten at the municipal level. It's pretty shocking when it's a city this big,"

said Eric Olson, a Mexico expert at the nonpartisan Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C...

Mr. Olson said the goal of cleaning up Mexican police was laudable, but stressed that Mexico needed to create robust internal affairs divisions—something Mexico almost completely lacks—to prevent vetted police from getting corrupted all over again.

"Otherwise, in the long run, this won't work. You can clean up a force only to have them get corruption and have to fire everyone all over again," 

he said."

Read the full article here.

 

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