Thursday, October 7, 2010

Onto the Congress

Calderón has a sent a unified police proposal to Congress. This idea has been kicked around with some intensity for months now. I offered my thoughts about the plan in August (short version: it's not a bad idea, but nor is it necessarily an improvement, and it doesn't address the real barriers to better police forces).

Milenio's headline for this story originally had Calderón promising that the unified police command would do away with crime in Mexico. They have since changed the headline, and even before they did, I felt reasonably certain that he made no such promise. The headline was an isolated bit of journalistic irresponsibility, but it was also a reflection of how inflated the hopes riding on the unified police are.

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