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3,200 Federal Officers Fired In 'Dirty Cop Crackdown'

3,200 Federal Officers Fired In 'Dirty Cop Crackdown'

Source: Associated Press

Associated Press

August 31, 2010

MEXICO – About 3,200 Mexican federal police officers, nearly a tenth of the force, have been fired this year under new rules designed to weed out crooked cops and modernize law enforcement, officials said Monday.

The housecleaning is part of President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on drug cartels, which includes overhauling the 34,500-strong federal police force.

An additional 465 federal officers have been charged with breaking the law, and 1,020 others face disciplinary action after failing screening tests, officials said.

Facundo Rosas, a senior federal police official, said in a radio interview that the 3,200 dismissed officers were removed for substandard performance.

Rosas said the 1,020 officers who failed vetting fell short for a variety of reasons, including suspected criminal links and medical problems. He said failure rates were within “operable limits.”

Among the 465 arrested officers were four commanders fired Aug. 7 in Ciudad Juarez after 250 subordinates publicly accused them of corruption.

The new police standards, which took effect in May, are aimed at cleaning up Mexico’s graft-plagued police force through lie detector tests, financial disclosure statements and drug testing. The government has sought to improve the caliber of federal officers by boosting wages and requiring that recruits have college degrees.

Eliminating police corruption is a pillar of Calderon’s nearly 4-year-old war against drug cartels. Crooked officers tip off drug lords and often moonlight as hit men.

The problem is considered worst at the local level, where fear or low wages prompt many officers to help drug gangs. State and local forces account for the vast majority of Mexico’s 427,000 police officers.

The cleanup is to take place nationwide and began with the federal police, the law enforcement agency mainly responsible for fighting the powerful cartels.

The United States has backed the reform push by helping evaluate officers and supplying trainers for a state-of-the-art police academy in the city of San Luis Potosi.

Calderon has rapidly expanded the federal police force, hiring about 10,000 officers during the last two years.

Experts applaud the cleanup as long overdue. Mexicans so mistrust police that they often refuse to report crimes.

But firing suspect or substandard officers also carries risks that they might jump to another department or join the traffickers. Rosas said a new computerized public safety database, called Platform Mexico, would make it easier to monitor former officers.


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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 3 years ago

    1990 Comments

    I agree Robocop33

  • Img_6191_max50

    Angeline41

    over 3 years ago

    26 Comments

    Well, I guess it goes back to what has been said in the movie! "WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING BADGES!" .....................Now they have to "weed" out the politics that are corrupt in Mexico City and the State, City, Village, Town and the "wanttobees" that run around in dress up!

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    While I have an intense hatred of 'dirty cops' that is because of my American standards. I agree that Mexico has a horrible problem with corrupt cops and 40-50 years ago there was no excuse except greed. Today I have a little sympathy for many of these Mexican 'dirty cops'. Many joined with as pure an intention as we did. The problem arises in the Drug Cartels who are very powerful. They come to these 'good cops' and give them a choice, join us and have lots of money and protection OR, remain honest and we will kill you after we slaughter your family and torture them. We will torture you as well and leave your headless body in the desert for the animals to ravage. You cannot just quit or leave the area as we will still find you and all these bad things will still happen. Given those choices I can understand why they become 'dirty'. The only way they are going to get a handle on this is to protect the identities of their cops completely secret which will be a tall order.

  • John_groh_max50

    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    Bump Roboicop and woofaz

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    tmkjusticestudies

    over 3 years ago

    784 Comments

    Hopefully they will clean house very well. They should be treated like traitors, sedition. I tell all my friends to totally avoid going anywhere in that country on vacation.

  • Justice-400_max50

    clobster

    over 3 years ago

    1552 Comments

    At first I thought this was about OUR federal LEO's lol. Good to see they're cleaning house down there. Hopefully it'll have an impact.

  • 14600_10200352713679693_171098802_n_max50

    ImpdsAngel

    over 3 years ago

    3140 Comments

    hopefully this continues..and hopefully at alot faster rate

  • My_pics_max50

    woofaz

    over 3 years ago

    108 Comments

    sounds like a politician wants to get re-elected..

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max160_max50

    Radiotelegrapher

    over 3 years ago

    2714 Comments

    Bump Robocop33. Bump Denny_Crane

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    3,200 (MEXICAN) Federal Officers Fired In 'Dirty Cop Crackdown'... How that sounds...? LOL

  • 21_max50

    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    They need to let a lot more go

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    Denny_Crane

    over 3 years ago

    648 Comments

    Glad to see El Presidente Felipe Calderon is taking care of his own business instead of coming here and telling us how to run things!

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    95Zcar

    over 3 years ago

    3992 Comments

    In my understanding of the Mexican Feds, this aint even a drop in the bucket as far as weeding out the crooks!

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    bumperdog831

    over 3 years ago

    264 Comments

    hahah, bump robocop!!

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    DetBruin

    over 3 years ago

    870 Comments

    Good luck with that. History shows that things just go back to the way they were

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