Tag Archives: Mexico

Merida 2.0

This report from the Woodrow Wilson Center focuses on security and justice prospects in Mexico, where the new president has proposed creating a National Guard with law enforcement functions. Previous administrations relied heavily on the military, and on federal police, … Continue reading

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Partial justice in Honduras

Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in 2016 during an attack on her home in which a Mexican activist was also seriously wounded. Eventually 8 men were arrested, and last week all but one were found guilty in what … Continue reading

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Policing in Latin America

This new report summarizes the state of policing throughout Latin America and considers prospects for transformation over the next decade. It cites demilitarization as the main accomplishment so far, but reform overall has been weak — “The result is a police … Continue reading

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Police agency accreditation in Mexico

This article reports a first-ever conference of CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) held in Mexico. Over 30 local, state, and federal agencies in Mexico are currently engaged in the accreditation process, with 6 expected to be found … Continue reading

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Life and death of a Mexican hitman

This article from the International Crisis Group gives an inside look at drugs and murder in Michoacán, Mexico. The violent interplay among cartels, soldiers, police, and vigilantes is confusing, chaotic, and deadly — “the blurring of lines between state and organised … Continue reading

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Acapulco police shut down

This article reports the national government in Mexico taking over for municipal police in the city of Acapulco. Marines surrounded police headquarters and disarmed 700 officers, also seizing ammunition, body armor, and radios. Three commanders were arrested and all officers … Continue reading

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Creative drug smuggling

This article briefly describes 5 adaptive methods currently being used to smuggle drugs in Latin America: narco-ambulances, “mules” riding buses and bicycles (instead of commercial aircraft), camouflaging drugs, chemically masking drugs, and drones. This article reports a record level of … Continue reading

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