Sunday, March 21, 2010

Man Bites Dog, Mexico Edition

According to a new poll of DF residents, 33 percent have a very or somewhat high opinion of the local police department. That's a distressingly low figure, but it is 12 points higher than it was five years ago. Assuming that the gains in the poll are not static and do indeed reflect an improvement in perception, this is a welcome reminder that the low opinion of police in Mexico is not etched in stone. I'd like to read a some attempts to explain the improvement, so that it might be repeated elsewhere.

This stat was also mind-blowing: there are 75,000 officers in the Mexico City SSP, some 30,000 more than the NYPD.


Richard said...

NYC has a population of about 8 million, the Federal District about twice that. That still leaves 15,000 police officers over, but Mexico City's police include Banking and Industrial Police who are performing a task done by private security guards in the U.S.

Also, as the nations' capital, local police are doing what in Washington would be done by specialized police like the Supreme Court Police, the Capital Police, etc.

And, don't forget, each Delegacion is a separate municipality, with it's own police establishment.

pc said...

Inegi says that the DF population is pretty much the same as NYC's:

Mexico City's greater size owes more to the surrounding region than to the population within the city. Although I'm not sure if the DF SSP has jurisdiction outside of Mexico City, it may well.