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Corruption Within the Mexican Police Force
Transcript of Corruption Within the Mexican Police Force
The Mexican and U.S. governments have spent a combined 4.1 billion dollars.
The Mexican federal police force has become smaller than it has been since1982.
The world record for the largest cocaine bust has been broken three different times in Mexico: in every case, the perpetrators have included corrupt police officers. The record stands at 23 tons. How did this become such an issue? Step 1: Americans experienced a massive spike in the illegal drug industry around 1986. Step 2: A few major gangs formed along the Mexican border with the intention of smuggling narcotics into America. Step 3: The drug cartels became very successful and their acquirement of American money allowed them to buy even more materials to manufacture even more narcotics. Step 4: As the drug cartels attained an excess amount of money, they developed the ability to pay the local police force for their assistance. Step 5: Because the cartels have so much money, they can obtain the cooperation from even the most unwilling police officers through the use of threats and bribery. Until 2010, Mexico did not even have a national registry for the police known to be involved with the drug cartels. This has proved to be a vital mistake on the Mexican government's part. Having no record of the felons, police officers who have been fired are often rehired in other sectors, most of which are corrupt as well. Common reasons for Mexican police officers to become corrupt: #1: They desire a share of the cartels' profit
Explanation: Compared to American police officers who earn about 29,000 to 78,000 dollars anually, this occupation is one of the most underpaid jobs in Mexico. On average, a relatively experienced Mexican police officer is paid less than 9,000 dollars per year. #2: They are pulled into the drug circles against their will Explanation: It is no uncommon for traffickers to use terror tactics to recruit the cooperation of police. They have been known to use violent, personal threats and, in severe cases, have harmed family members Most officers who become corrupt have experienced drug activity in their daily lives and recognize that if they collaborate with the drug cartels, they will be provided with a generous income and protection, but do not always realize that they are putting their lives in danger as well as risking the lives of their families. Non-corrupt police officers often avoid the dangers of corruption through a quiet resignation. Police forces are beginning to acknowledge this as a serious dilemma because they are making attempts to immulate corrupt police, but are having to face the loss of their non-corrupt officers as well. How does the presence of drug cartels and corrupt police affect Americans? Victor (who requested his last name not be mentioned), a former citizen of Mexico who is familiar with the workings of the drug cartels, stated that "Drug violence and police corruption is no longer contained exclusively within Mexico's borders. It has become common for American border towns to also produce these kinds of problems". What is the government doing to stop these problems from growing? Well... While the U.S. government has spent an exorbetant amount of money on anti-drug aid packages and police training, they are not currently approaching police corruption as seriously as they should.
As for Mexico, their government, while making efforts to end police corruption, is lacking in the necessary tools to find and convict all of the Mexican police involved with drug related crimes. Reccomended tactics to prevent the growth of police corruption Radical mass explusions of police officers
widespread confiscation of weapons Passive better salaries for local and state police forces
more adequate training programs
thorough educational requirements for potential recruits How can the average American citizen help? If nothing else, it is important for Americans to remain aware of current events regarding the drug trafficking and police corruption epidemic in Mexico. Fortunately, news sources across America can access updates on Mexico's current state.
Jon French, head of the Mexico City firm "Problem Solvers", made an important observation in regards to public awareness: "I would be worried if there was no news at all on this (front) because that would mean the narcos were in control". Works Cited Barrera, Cynthia, Miguel Angel Gutierrez, and Anachi Rama. "Mexico Fires Thousands of Police to Combat Corruption." Reuters. 30 August 2010. Missy Ryan. 2 April 2011.
Hawley, Chris and Sergio Solace. "Mexico Focuses on Police Corruption." USA Today. 5 February 2008. UsSA Today. Web. 5 April 2011.
Luhnow, David. "Mexico Cracks Down on Local Police Corruption." U.S. Edition and The Wall Street Journal. 10 June 2009. Wall Street Journal. A6. 5 April 2011.
"Police Corruption Cases on the Rise in Mexico." Guardian. 12 September 2008. McClatchy Newspapers. 2 April 2011.
Victor. "Re: High School Injustice Project Interview." Message to the Author. 22 April 2011.