Thursday, January 20, 2011

Test Case

Thanks to a federal grant of some $8 million, Nuevo León will be the first entity to implement a unified police command. This is a good place to start for a number of reasons: it's home to the country's industrial wealth as well as probably the second most important city in the country, it's been extremely violent for the last 12 months or so (59 murders in the first 15 days of the year in Monterrey), and the disorganization of the police in the handful of municipalities making up the Monterrey metro area is legendary.

At the same time, just $8 million to establish a new department in a state with 4.5 million inhabitants? That's not going to get you too far.

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