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Posted on Oct 2, 2010
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In the face of news that at least 20 tourists had just been kidnapped in Acapulco, the Mexican government has announced the preparation of a plan to alter the nation’s police structure that would essentially federalize the country’s 2,200 local police departments under a unified command.

A link to the kidnapping story is available here.

Drug-related violence has led to the deaths of almost 30,000 people in the past several years, and the capacity for the state to secure the population has been significantly undermined. —JCL

The New York Times:

The Mexican government is preparing a plan to radically alter the nation’s police forces, hoping not only to instill a trust the public has never had in them but also to choke off a critical source of manpower for organized crime.

The proposal, which the president’s aides say is expected in the coming weeks, would all but do away with the nation’s 2,200 local police departments and place their duties under a “unified command.” It comes at a critical moment for President Felipe Calderón, who faces mounting pressure from the United States and within Mexico to demonstrate progress in defeating the drug cartels.

He has already hurled the military into the fight, using soldiers to buttress the federal police and battle the drug traffickers, but violence continues to soar and corruption among the nation’s police forces remains a constant, fundamental scourge.

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By Bruce Anderson, October 4, 2010 at 3:11 am Link to this comment
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If mexico’s federal police start doing their jobs cracking down on criminals and eliminating safe havens, how can that be a bad thing. Don’t expect too much out of that third world country however.Their only real hope lies in statehood. And that is a long way off.

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By Fat Freddy, October 3, 2010 at 3:09 am Link to this comment

Who the Hell vacations in Acapulco any more? Hey, dumb asses, Dominican Republic, all-inclusive, is the way to go. Then there’s always Costa Rica. Nice.

The only way to end drug related violence, is to “legalize” drugs. Eliminate all Sched, I and II classifications.

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By Rigor, October 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Federalizing the “local” cops is the last gasp of a
dying government.

They think this will help where in fact it will
make the gap between law enforcement and the narcos
even wider - creating the final polarizing catalyst
for civil war.
Local cops that won’t make the grade for the
federals will turn to the narcos right away. Be
assured that right after this news came out
decisions were being made as to which side to take,
and they are based on two things: Money &
Survivability.
Here in Arizona this news is spreading like
wildfire, because it only means more violence.
Nobody here expects OUR government to protect us and
theres now an idea floating around for a “Guard
Fund” that people can donate to for the governor to
use to deploy our State National Guard - since our
lame ass president refuses to help, <-(a true “enemy
of the state” by any definition).

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By 2ndRevolution, October 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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How are drug activities and kidnapping linked?  This article does a poor job of connecting the gap; are they using them as mules? or can you prove its only the drug cartels that are kidnapping tourists and or citizens? 

Its very sad(but unsurprising)but you are not seeing much mainstream coverage of this very volatile problem to our south.

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By PatrickHenry, October 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

They need Elliot Ness.

If the killing on the border continues I would support U.S. military intervention to go in and clean out those cartels, with Mexico’s permission.

Lets rotate those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to the U.S. southwest.

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By berniem, October 2, 2010 at 11:21 am Link to this comment

If Mexico federalizes all it’s cops will that mean that none of them will have those stinkin’ badges?

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