No More Cabo Police

Don’t get excited, we will disolve the police structure in all Mexican cities
BY: DAVID FLORES

Former president Felipe Calderon, who at one point recognized that his mistake in launching the war against drugs, was to not clean up the police forces first. He finally figured out, after 70,000 deaths in those drug wars that he started, that the war was unwinable without having an honest police force. Our current president also is realizing that and he’s trying to do something about it.

City police, including our own, are usually pretty corrupt. Although the feds who patrol our federal fourlane highway and the airport are even more corrupt, and certainly more vicious, than our city bums, so we’re not quite sure if this is going to work out all right.

And as far as turning our cops over to state control, geeze, our state guys are thieves, too, and smart, vicious thieves at that. Honestly, if you are taken advantage of by our city police you should be ashamed because they are the least vicious/aggressive/smart/powerful. But in other municipalities, they are very vicious/aggressive/smart/powerful, and this new configuration of our police force that we will be going through for the next 90 days is mandatory for about 2500 cities in 32 states, so let’s suck it up and go along.

 Mando Unico, or One Command in English, is the name of the new program passed by the Mexican congress last year.

The Mando Unico transfers all city police departments to state control, who in turn will have to report to the federal government on security issues.

To get ready, the federal government has been encouraging the cities to spring honestly exams on the local police in an effort to weed out the worst of the crooks before they’re offered jobs under the control of the various governors. 

Many of them have failed the test and many have been fired, while others kept their jobs because local and state governments don’t have enough money to pony up their severance pay.

Several mayors and governors across the country opposed the change, as they feel it over steps their constitutional sovereignty. But the federal government insisted, and lobbied hard, proving many times over that very often the local police were in bed with the bad guys, from petty neighborhood criminals all the way up to organized crime.

Finally, at the end of last year, all governors agreed to the change – some had implemented the new structure several months ago – and even decided to ask congress to make this change a constitutional mandate.

They finally gave in because the federal government disburses the nation’s funds to each state and threatened to cut off the spigot if they did not agree to the Mando Unico. In addition, it has been widely reported that the funds for public safety are not used solely for public safety by governors, who used them at their discretion instead, even embezzling some. Stay tuned, as we shall see if this is a buen idea.