2,076 policemen killed since anti-gang offensive launched in 2006.

According to a report released today by Mexico’s cabinet level…

According to a report released today by Mexico’s cabinet level Federal Police Ministry, the SSP, organized crime and drug cartel attacks and executions have killed 2,076 policemen since President Calderon launched his offensive in December 2006.

Municipal policemen accounted for 915 deaths, followed by state policemen with 698 deaths and the federal police with 463 deaths. The total of 2,076 police deaths accounted for 7.3% of the figure of 28,228 total deaths attributed to organized crime from December 1, 2006 to July 29, 2010.

The SSP noted that Mexico has 427,354 registered police officers, of which only 38,886 are federal. The rest are state police (222,958) and municipal police (165,510).

Federal police officers are mostly PFP (federal preventive police) and are specialized in combating organized crime and drug cartels.

The police officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting crimes in the country are the ministerial police at the federal and state level with 26,928 policemen and women for the whole country. They only constitute 6.3% of the total strength of all polices forces.

The remainder of the total strength of of all state and municipal police forces are “seguridad publica” (public security). They are tasked with basic law enforcement and deterrence and have no investigative functions.

Genaro Garcia Luna, the SSP cabinet minister, estimates that 40% of all police in the country have no effective role in law enforcement. They do not fight or deter crime nor do they protect their communities. These men and women are the most corrupted segment of police forces and many have links to organized crime. Some are active criminal participants.

The SSP added that 68,300 of the municipal police have only the most basic education,in other words they are semi-literate at best, and about two thirds of all policemen (state and municipal) in the country earn about 4,000 pesos a month (about $315)or less.

Garcia Luna recently stated that the minimum wage for a police officer to live in dignity is 10,000 pesos monthly (about $785.00).

Source: Borderland Beat

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  • william

    I agree with Eric.These criminals should have no rights if caught,they should suffer the same level of violence ,they are handing out.
    The law must be changed in such a way that no one should consider trafficking as a option ,police should have to worry about offending the rights of these criminals.

  • Eric

    Note: Thas sentence should read, I believe by studying this, we can potentially see what is common, and, perhaps, work to generate solutions beyond the current methods. Solutions like restricting our God-given rights are not working to solve the crime problem, never had, and Brazil painfully illustrates this.

    Note: Consider reviewing Wayne Lapierre’s book, THE GLOBAL WAR AGAINST YOUR GUNS, and Rosen’s Book, THE UNPAST: ELITE VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL IN BRAZIL, which covers death-squad activity.

  • Eric

    In a violent parallel, is the situation in Brazil. The Brazilian experience with corruption is interesting because of the degree of documentation. For example, check out the Brazilian film, THE CITY OF GOD (subtitled, available from video.com/miramax), especially the accompanying documentary, NEWS FROM A PERSONAL WAR. Personally, I found this documentary to be the most valuable benefit of the DVD; it is subtitled and is about an hour or so. The documentary team interviews Rio drug dealers, slum residentents, and military police. There are both interviews regarding the “social situation” breeding the conflict from various perspectives, and there is intentense combat footage. Also, the history behind how the drug culture developed to the current level of intensity is extensively covered. Weapons are also touched on. For example, the dealers utilize the FN-FAL (a variant out of Chile), M-16A2 w/M203 grenade launchers below. Of course, the AK-47 is widely used as is military tracer ammunition. Interestingly, the Chief of Police wants to close the Colt (AR-15) and SIG Sauer (gang kids apparently carry this coveted brand of pistols) factories because he believes this drives the crime problem. It is interesting to discover his reasonsing. A military police captain takes the film crew briefly through their armory (Franchi, FN, HK), and he notes the Rio police are the only ones to use belt-fed machine guns (an HK21 is shown) in their combat operations against dealers. Regarding the accuastions of corruption, the Rio Chief of Police in the interview states, “I will admit it myself, the police is violent and corrupt, but it was designed to be violent and corrupt …because it was designed to protect the Elite and the State. This is an unfair society. The police is here to protect this unfair society…” The chief expands on this as well as an examples of unequal justice. He concludes, “How are you going to control 2 million people who make [about US $100] per month, if they make anything?” And the reporter answers, “With repression?” And the Chief answers, “Of course, how else would it be?” This is very very harsh because it is starkly presented with no shame. The documentary is worth the effort because it sheds light from a unique, multi-POV perspective on the issues of poverty, corruption and the evolution of ultra-violent gangs in environments outside of our normal comfort zone. I beleive by studying this, we can potentially see what is common, and, perhaps, work to generate solutions beyond the current methods (like restrictiving our God-given rights!) which are just not working…