President Enrique Peña Nieto led the closing ceremony of the 41st Session of the National Public Security Council.
“Today more than ever, we must all make a common front against violence and crime. In this collective mission, the government will continue to lead institutional efforts to provide a lasting response to the legitimate demand for security”. EPN
He declared that in public security, “Everyone must take their share of responsibility; both state and municipal authorities must fulfill their obligation to provide protection for their communities.
Progress and proposals:
The current administration has implemented a security policy based on coordination, responsibility, intensive use of intelligence systems and institutional reinforcement.
In the first three years of this administration, the main indicators of ordinary crimes decreased by at least 20 percent.
The government has managed to neutralize, in other words arrest 105 of the country’s 122 most dangerous criminals to bring them to justice.
2016 has seen significant security challenges. Accordingly, for the government, the fight against crime and violence will continue to be the highest priority in the next two years.
It is essential to redesign the country’s police model, which requires having a suitable legal framework.
Homeland Security Act
“In the Mexico of 2016, we cannot effectively combat criminal groups with legal and institutional tools that sometimes date back to the 1980s or 1990s. In many respects, the current system is frankly outdated”: EPN
Accordingly, two years ago, a reform bill was submitted to Congress to update the model of strong local police, with standardized professionalization, equipment and performance criteria.
“The operation of the police system should not depend on which party is in government. It should be a state policy that is above the people or political leaders of each state”: EPN
It is necessary to legislate to provide a framework of certainty for the subsidiary performance of the Armed Forces in these activities, which requires a Homeland Security Act to govern the participation of military personnel.
Federal subsidies and contributions
This Administration has firmly supported the strengthening of the institutional capacities of local security corporations.
This has been borne out by the allocation of over 49 billion pesos in federal grants and contributions over the past four years.
- These resources have been used to renovate facilities, and provide vehicles, equipment, weapons and communication technologies.
- Over 500,000 public security and law enforcement officers, as well as 34,000 police officers have been trained.
"Today we take an important additional step. To ensure that these funds are handled with absolute probity and efficiency, the Interior Secretariat will launch a new transparency portal. Society will be able to see the amount and destination of contributions and benefits in each state, thereby strengthening accountability”: EPN