Mexico's president is vowing to push forward a plan that would eliminate local police departments and replace them with state law enforcement agencies. ...I don't have an opinion on the merits of this proposal, though I'm fascinated by the fact that Mexico's 31 states have fewer police agencies combined than the 2,500+ law enforcement agencies in Texas. Municipal police are often corrupt in Mexico, but if they were to switch to all state police it could just create one-stop shopping opportunities. At most, it seems like it might force cops to cut their deal with a single cartel where right now different departments are corrupted by competing factions. In other words, if it reduces the violence it probably wouldn't be because the drug flow stopped but because one cartel "won" in a particular state. What do you think: Good idea, bad one, or just beside the point?
Mexico's federal police is leading the war on drugs, but Calderon said he would like to see state police play a stronger role if the government agrees to disband weak and corrupt municipal forces.
Mexico has 2,022 municipal police forces, while 12 of Mexico's 31 states have police departments.
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