Uruapan Michoacan: treasury insufficient to fire dirty cops
Apparently the Uruapan municipio can't muster enough money from it's depleted treasury to pay the severance cost of terminating 400 (actually, 346) dirty cops @ at least $20,000pesos cada uno. And then they have to hire 600 clean ones (from who knows where). Meanwhile federales will continue to patrol. The article does not mention auto defensas but they are in Uruapan too.
Re: Uruapan Michoacan: treasury insufficient to fire dirty cops
There is a recent public security law being implemented throughout Mexico. It is part of the ongoing overall movement toward improving the administration of justice. Many steps have been taken and I believe almost if not all are way behind schedule.
So, along with the so-call gendarmerie, there is also a process of testing and accreditation of police at the local levels, federally mandated. The municipios are being taken under the umbrellas of the state police and no longer to be controlled under local alcades/presidentes. But, the money to pay the police comes from the municipio budgets.
Under Mexican labor, when an employee is terminated they have the right to severance pay based on their work arrangement (such as contracts). Under the circumstances of the control and confidence accreditation police who fail the battery of tests can be terminated. If there is only the failure of the accreditation without any proof of wrongdoing - at the convenience/pleasure of the employer; government - the employee police officer has a right to severance pay.