MEXICO (Animal Politico) – Police officers in Mexico survive not only the growing onslaught of crime but also their shortcomings: salaries that do not exceed 11,000 pesos (an average of 500 USD a month) and with which they also have to replace the equipment they are given incomplete; lack of basic training such as shooting practice that one in five police officers have never received; any growth, few promotions, abuse by bosses, insults, contempt.
During the worst crisis of violence on record, the shortcomings of the state police in the country are deepening. The result: there is no effectiveness in the fight against crime. Constant failures and violations of human rights are tangible and permanent. People distrust the police. At the same time, millions of pesos are spent each year on security funds that fall short and are also poorly invested. Just this 2020, 185 police elements have been killed throughout Mexico .
In the report “Qué piensa la policia?” -What do the police think?- the civil organization “Causa en Común“ documents the crisis facing the country’s security forces based on a survey of nearly five thousand elements of state corporations. These are shortcomings that have been dragging the security forces along for years, and which are not being reversed despite the changes of government.
In 2019 the National Model of Police and Civic Justice was designed and approved, which recognizes this crisis and designs a plan to turn it around, it has not received resources almost a year after its approval. Instead, the political and budgetary commitment to the militarization strategy continues.
“There is a total political disregard for the police. They are told that they don’t produce results, that they commit abuses, but they are not prepared for their jobs.” Says Luis de la Barreda, a specialist in criminal law and former president of the capital’s Human Rights Commission.
A problem that aggravates wages’ precariousness is that at least half of the uniformed must invest part of their own salary in acquiring essential equipment that should be available.
For example, the analysis reveals that nationally 51% of police officers on average must invest from their pockets to acquire their shoes and boots and in states such as Veracruz, Sonora, and Chihuahua, 8 out of 10 officers spend part of their salary on this.
Forty-four percent of state police officers buy their accessories with their money, and 42% have to invest if they want a second uniform.One in three police officers in Mexico must purchase stationery for their reports and one in four pay for repairs to their patrol car.
Police officers even have to pay for materials that are vital to their own safety. For example, 25% of police officers nationwide have put in their salary to buy cartridges for their guns. There are entities where this is much more serious, such as Zacatecas, where 69% of the state police must invest in this, in Coahuila 59%, and in Sonora 54%.
Even, at least 1 out of 10 policemen in the country said they have had to invest from their bag for a bulletproof vest, and the most severe cases are Veracruz, where half of the state police cost with their salary this element, while in Chihuahua, State of Mexico and Tamaulipas a quarter of the officers said they had put their money for this equipment.
In terms of benefits, the organization’s analysis reveals that about 10% of police officers do not have a bonus, one of the fundamental labor rights. And despite the risk, their work represents, less than a third of state agents have support for funeral expenses or primary medical insurance.
Policedo not receive shooting instruction and practice
Another severe deficit that the Common Cause analysis portrays is in the training of state police in the most basic functions.
For example, 21% of those interviewed in the country acknowledged that they had never received a target practice. On average, it is 1 in 5 police officers who are on the streets today. There are three extreme cases: Zacatecas, Tamaulipas, and Campeche, where more than 50% of the police officers surveyed said they had never been to a shooting range.
[WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO MIGRATE TO A SOLID JOB AND SALARY? NEXT POST PART 4]
[CONTROVERSIAL, VIRTUALLY ALL POLICE IN USA RECEIVE PROPER TRAING WITH GUNS, CHOKE-HOLDS, ETC. THEY CANNOT ANSWER THOUGH TO ROGUE REDNECKS AND RESISTING ARREST. THE PEOPLE OF BROWN SKIN WITH NO ENTITLEMENTS CONTINUE TO FLOURISH IN THE USA. FILLING THE VACUUM FOR BASIC SERVICES. I, AS A WHITE AMERICAN, BEGAN WITH ZERO AND WAS ABLE TO SUFFER AND MAKE A DECENT LIVING. MEXICO NEED TO WAKE UP! YOU ARE LOSING MILLIONS OR BILLIONS, BUT YOU CAN ONLY CREATE PLAZAS TO KEEP THE POLICE SUFFICIENT, THOUGH YOU CONTINUE TO PUT THE MONEY IN THE GOVENOR'S HANDS. A BASIC MISTAKE. NO WONDER THEY WANT TO EITHER BE CORRUPT OR MIGRATING]
Please visit the source for the rest of the post. Graphs and narrative on probably 2 more parts. My best wishes to the Police of Mexico and the sacrifices they make, for a corrupt government and temptations to do the wrong thing. Please stay strong.