Calderón proposes unified police forces

Speaking at a meeting of the National Security Council, President Felipe Calderón said that the Government will submit during the fall congressional term a constitutional and legal reform to create 32 state-level police forces to replace the thousands of municipal police forces across Mexico.  “Our primary objective is, without regard to who is governing or what party they belong to, to make Mexicans protected by an honest and professional police force, with a system of justice that is effective and transparent, and with a legal framework that strengthens the authorities against criminals,” he said. Governor Rodrigo Medina (PRI) of Nuevo León spoke in favor of the proposal: “We aren’t talking about leaving the towns without protection; we are talking about integrating all the forces in a front that will enable us to have a better [police] body to confront organized crime.”(Universal 6/7)

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