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Mexico: Murders up by a third following Guzman's extradition

Thursday, February 23, 2017 14:57
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Posted by DD from materials BBC and Mexico News Daily
By DD for Borderland Beat
The Mexican authorities had predicted a surge in violence following Guzman's extradition and promised to deploy extra troops.   This time the Mexican government was correct in their predictions.

Official figures from Mexico show that the number of homicides in the entire country was higher by a third in January compared to the same month of 2016.  

And their crystal ball probably told them it would be a worse increase in the areas where the Sinaloa Cartel were active or had a presence.  They were right on the money there also. 

In the states of Baja California, Chihuahua and Guzman's native Sinaloa, homicides were up by 50% in January.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are due to meet Mexico's Foreign Secretary, Luis Videgaray, in Mexico City on Thursday. Feb. 23.  

The talks are expected to focus on migration and the wall the US intends to build along its southern border.

But they are also due to discuss security and ways of curbing the power of Mexico's drug trafficking gangs.  They will have a lot to talk about – the successes and failures Mexico has had.

Although the Mexican government has had some recent success (a few months)  in capturing or killing some cartel .leaders most of those have been leaders of cells rather than the top level bosses and the flow of drugs has not subsided but probably increased.

The record of the past has shown some glaring deficiencies in their efforts to eliminate or at least control the cartel violence.   Whether that was from bad policies, poor planning, or poor execution of the plans is difficult to pinpoint.  Probably a combination of all.

The Gendarmerie was created in 2014 to provide security in high-crime areas with little or no presence of federal security forces.  It was touted as one of the governments new weapons to fight crime. 

It was to be a separate elite division of the Federal Police that would be highly mobile, able to move on a moments notice into any area of the country where violence flared.

But in a new report recently issued by the Federal Auditor’s Office (ASF), the findings indicate some “shortcomings or deficiencies”.  (a big understatement).

The audit applied to 2015, (2016 figures have not been compiled yet) when the Gendarmerie’s budget was 2.8 billion pesos. One of the “deficiencies” found by the auditor was  that the Gendarmerie plan was to conduct 10,000 operations against crime but actually completed only 75.

The audit showed that somewhat more successful were efforts to meet the goal of conducting trustworthiness evaluations of 4,546 officers; 79% were evaluated.  

But the results of those “trustworthiness” evaluations did not exactly meet the expectations of the government.. Only 16% of those passed the test. Fully 81.8% failed, although most of those were new recruits who were not given employment as a result.

In a nutshell, the National Gendarmerie has not contributed to a reduction in crime in the areas where it has conducted its operations

The Federal Police force itself didn’t fare well either under the examination by the ASF, which said the force didn’t provide enough information to determine its efficiency in preventing and combating crime, or the results obtained through its operations.

From the information the Federal Police did furnish, the ASF did determine that The number of operations dropped by more than 70% in 2015. Those conducted to prosecute crimes totaled just 116 in 2015, down from 404 in 2012.

Crime prevention operations declined from 608 to 156 in the same period.

This situation  meant there was “no advance in the improvement of public security,” the ASF said.  The ASF did not address the question whether the lack of improvement in public security could have been caused in part by corruption of law enforcement. 


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    I would think the Mexican government would have solicited a good portion of willing Mexican immigrants in the US to create The Gendarmerie with. Since they have no ties to the gangs, they would of been a better bet in going after the criminal gangs and not easily corrupted. A person with strong feelings towards their Mexican nationality and wanting to see law and order restored to their country of origin, fundamentally helping to insure the safety of their relatives still living there would be a natural component in the strengthening of the newly formed Gendarmerie.

    Israel does something similar, allowing young men and women who have come of age and are of Jewish descent born in foreign country’s to enlist in their military for a year of service.

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