Monday, June 7, 2010


El Universal reports that the governor of Sinaloa says that the plan to replace the municipal police with 32 state bodies will take three years. One thing I've not read is an estimation of how many of and under what processes today's municipal police officers are going to incorporate into their state-run replacements.

In related news, I thought Andrew Selee's commentary on the plan was sharp:
The proposal to have a single police force in each state is tempting. After all, it has been easy for organized crime to corrupt poorly paid and weakly controlled municipal police forces across the country. However, it is also important to remember that well over nine in ten crimes committed have little or nothing to do with organized crime — they are common crimes that include robbery, car theft, and assault. It remains to be seen whether a single statewide police can protect citizens against these kinds of crime as well, and whether they will build the necessary links for citizens to do community policing and patrol neighborhoods systematically. These are all pending debates.
The easy thing is diagnosing the failure of the municipal police. Remedying those failures rather than just passing news-making, uniform-changing legislation is a lot trickier.

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