• Although we are not fully satisfied because we know we still have some way to go, we cannot ignore the progress and achievements of the past three years, he said.

• It is important to pick up the pace and for each order of government to take full responsibility in what is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges but also one of the essential objectives of the democratic state we have today in our country, which is providing security for the people, he said.

 · Closure of the 36th Session of the National Public Security Council.

At the close of the 39th Session of the National Public Security Council, President  Enrique Peña Nieto highlighted the progress made in the first half of this administration in the lines of action drawn up in this area in the past three years to restore the peace and tranquility Mexican society demands.

• “Today, we can confidently state that we have made progress. Although we are not fully satisfied because we know we still have a way to go, we cannot ignore the progress and achievements of the past three years,” he explained.

The president compared the indicators registered in the first 11 months of 2012 and those obtained in the same period this year:

• The total incidence of crime has fallen by 12 per cent.

• The number of intentional homicides has dropped by 22 per cent. In northern border states, the number of intentional homicides has fallen by 45 per cent.

• Robbery with violence and theft on highways has fallen by over 24 per cent.

•  Kidnapping has declined by 27 percent.

•  Extortion has dropped by 30 percent.

Moreover, “96 of the 122 priority objectives, in other words, criminals and those persecuted by the law, equivalent to 80 percent, no longer pose a danger to society”.

The President mentioned the lines of action set at the beginning of the administration and the progress achieved in them to date:

FIRST: “We are committed to prevention and we are delivering. Nowadays we address the causes of the criminal phenomenon, not just its consequences. Significant investment has been made in prevention. Over 7.7 billion pesos have been earmarked to promote actions for a target population of about five million people in areas, in regions and towns where it was and still is crucial to restore the social fabric.”

SECOND: "We decided to plan a basic tool to build the Mexico at Peace in our society demands. In this Council, with the participation of civil society, we have defined strategies and guidelines, but we have also set targets and indicators. We have planned joint operations and we have deployed focused, specialized efforts, such as the National Anti-Kidnapping Strategy.”

THIRD: “Federal and state authorities have coordinated institutional efforts, and today are working on effective coordination. The Security Cabinet has met 66 times with the governors and the mayor of Mexico City to exchange experiences and information, but also to establish measurable joint operations, focusing on the five operating regions installed three years ago.”

FOURTH: We have promoted a sweeping institutional transformation in two areas: the police and law enforcement. Within this Council, decisions have been made to standardize the evaluation processes, professionalism and performance of federal and local forces and dignify their social function. We have joined forces to implement the new Criminal Justice System, which is now operating partially in 26 institutions and fully in six.”

FIFTH: "We set out to ensure the safety of the population within a framework of protection and respect for human rights. Extensive training programs have been implemented to strengthen institutional actions to ensure the full exercise of fundamental rights. Furthermore, the legal framework has been modernized to protect the rights of victims and provide compensation for damage as well as improve access to justice. In keeping with this progress, last week, two bills were submitted to Congress to address the disappearance of persons and torture.”

SIXTH: “We decided to submit our actions to an ongoing process of evaluation and feedback, and in collaboration with experts, academics and representatives of civil society, follow-up indicators have been refined and defined.”

President Peña Nieto stressed that in all these achievements, “The effort, dedication and commitment of the men and women of our Armed Forces, the Attorney General's Office, the Federal Police and the Center for Investigation and National Security are much appreciated.”

He said that on the basis of the progress made, “It is now time to be clear about the path to be taken in the following years.” He said that in addition to defining the goals set at the start of this Administration, "It is important to pick up the pace and for each order of government to take full responsibility in what is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges but also one of the essential objectives of the democratic state we have today in our country, which is providing security for the people.”

He listed the lines of action to be followed:

- FIRST: “Speed up the professionalism and dignification of corporate security members, especially at the local level. To have a police force that serves citizens, we need them to be well trained but also to have the respect and recognition of society.”

-  SECOND: “Achieve an immediate response system for emergencies, with the 911 number service.”

He said that the point is not only to have a certified emergency number nationwide, which is progress in itself, but also to ensure that the services provided by that assistance and emergency number will effectively be able to cope with any emergency call.

-  THIRD: "Decisively support the full, effective implementation of the new Criminal Justice System. The biggest challenge is not the facilities, the investment assigned to build the infrastructure required for the operation of this new system of criminal justice, but to have trained human capital.”

This effort, “Must oblige us to follow up on this system and ensure that it truly meets the objective and spirit that characterizes our Constitution,” he said.

-  FOURTH: “Strengthen the actions and controls to ensure the respect and protection of human rights. We transformed laws, institutions and policies so that these universal values are fully implemented and exercised. What follows now is for those of us involved on a daily basis in the prevention, enforcement and administration of justice  to implement them on a daily basis.”

-  FIFTH: “Strengthen citizens’ participation in the design, implementation and evaluation of state policy in the field of security and justice.”

President Peña Nieto reiterated his personal conviction regarding the need for a debate on marijuana,  “That will allows us to arrive at the public policies the Mexican State should adopt to achieve the objective on which I think we should focus our attention.” That goal, he said, “Is to prevent higher consumption of substances that are harmful to our society, and educate society so that we reduce use and make people aware of the danger of using substances that harm their health.” That’s the goal”.

He also said he is personally opposed to the legalization of marijuana use.


Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said that, “Security cannot and should not be a space for political calculations because it is an issue in which Mexicans do not want to see confrontation, but teamwork and results.”

He said that, “The government  always swiftly supports the states where there are the greatest challenges or where special conditions warrant the presence of Federal Forces,” and stressed the commitment to provide permanent support for the states, "on the basis of close coordination between government institutions and local authorities.”

Explaining that the combined efforts of society and government have been the formula for restoring confidence in and strengthening the rule of law, he stressed that in the fight against crime and impunity, there is no better ally than citizenship. He added that progress is being made, with direction and determination, addressing immediate issues while laying the groundwork to create substantive solutions.

Osorio Chong said that, “Today Mexico is advancing under a state policy that goes beyond speeches. A policy based on tangible efforts, whose results are gradually being reflected in better security for the people.”

He said that the security Mexicans deserve should be permanent. "That has been the objective of the structural changes we are promoting, and this Council Session will once again be an ideal space for defining joint solutions,” he said.


“In the past three years, we have seen an evolution of the security policies drawn up by the government," said Attorney General Arely Gómez González, noting that security and law enforcement are priorities in this Administration, “Meaning that there is a constant effort to translate the demands of society through the proper administration of justice, in an authentic state policy, where the responsibility among all branches and levels of government is fundamental.”

Describing the most important tasks of the department she runs and the National Conference on Law Enforcement in the last three years and outlining the actions to be implemented in 2016, she said that, “A Mexico at peace requires that we all work together and relentlessly in the fight against crime.”

She said that in recent years, the Attorney General's Office, both independently and in its capacity as representative of the Conference, has been tasked with implementing six agreements, which it has done. “More specifically, there have been efforts to make the administration of justice in Mexico a public service whose certainties are rigorously supported by technical and scientific features,” she explained.

Arely Gómez explained that one of the crimes that has most harmed the economy and Mexicans is the theft of oil, because between 2013 and 2015, the Attorney General’s Office detected more than 6,000 illegal connections, estimated to cause the country an estimated loss of 40 million pesos a year. He thanked federal lawmakers for the passage this week of the Federal Law on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Committed regarding Hydrocarbons.

"We aim to achieve a safe Mexico on all fronts without neglecting the progress achieved to date,” she said, and called for the “Continuation of this effort to achieve the consolidation of the rule of law, through the work and dedication based on science and intelligence work, with full respect for human rights and for the benefit of Mexicans.”

The meeting was also attended by the governors of San Luis Potosí, Juan Manuel Carreras López; Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez; Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte Jáquez; and the State of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila Villegas, as well as permanent guests and representatives of civil society Adelina Lobo Guerrero and Javier Olvera Rivera.

The following resolutions were passed at the 39th Session of the National Public Security Council:

• The appointment as permanent citizen guest of the National Council of Public Security María Angélica Sosa Garnica.

• The technical guidelines for emergency call processing protocol standards.

•  The Executive Secretariat was instructed to develop a new methodology for evaluating databases, criminology and personnel, and devise a technical standard to standardize the technical features and interoperability of video-surveillance systems for public security.

•  An agreement whereby the states undertake to establish review and permanent control measures to ensure that no state or municipal corporation, or any private security company uses uniforms or vehicles with colors, images or designs that could be mistaken for those intended for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces.

• It was agreed that by August 2017, all states should have at least one Center for Justice for Women.

• In compliance with the above, the Executive Secretariat, together with the states, has been instructed to assign resources from the Contribution Fund for Public Safety, FASP, for the construction, equipment and operation of these centers.

•  The Executive Secretariat has been instructed to design the National Program of Certification, Quality and Permanence of the Directors and Specialized Personnel at the Centers for Trust Evaluation and Control.

• The Permanent Commission on Certification and Accreditation should monitor the policies to ensure the permanence of the members of the National Trust Accreditation and Control System.

• instruct the Executive Secretariat to design a procedure to ensure that all specialized units assigned to combat kidnapping have permanent staff in their units, have approved, valid trust control evaluations, prior to any training given, and personnel who are evaluated and certified as regards the development of the skills required for their function.

•  Ratify the agreement adopted by the National Conference of Secretaries of Public Security, at their Fourteenth Ordinary Session, on the Single Police Certificate.

• instruct the Executive Secretariat to determine the guidelines and general policies for the issuance of the Single Police Certificate, as well as its development and implementation.

• Approve the distribution criteria, formulas and variables for the allocation of resources from the Contribution Fund for Public Safety, FASP, to be applied for the fiscal year 2016; as well as the general criteria for the management and spending of funds.

• instruct the Executive Secretariat to design an evaluation and transparency mechanism for federal public security resources, granted to states and municipalities.

• Authorize FASP resources to be assigned to a national priority program so that the Implementation and Development of the Criminal Justice System and Complementary Systems can be used as a state contribution as co-payment for boosting the necessary infrastructure, equipment and technology.