A-ten-shun! Mexico gets a new police force

by zulualpha, Sunday, June 30, 2019, 14:18 (330 days ago)

Sunday saw the official launch of Mexico´s newest police force, the Guardia Nacional (GN). The new force, 70,000 strong, will eventually replace the Policia Federal, and is being dispatched to 150 regions of the country. It is expected to double in size and territorial reach by 2023. (Elements of the Guardia Nacional have already been dispatched to Mexico´s borders, in an effort to contain migrant crossings.)

Police corruption is seen as a major obstacle to effective law enforcement in Mexico. Mexican President Andrés Manual Lopez Obredor, addressing 10,000 GN graduates Sunday, said that is about to change. "I believe in you, and I know you are not going to defraud the people of Mexico, because you come from the people, you belong to the people of this great country," he said.

The GN is commanded by a retiring armed forces general, despite calls from political and civic organizations for the force to operate under civilian control.
(press reports)

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