A tenth of Mexican cops are found unfit for duty

Yetr they remain on duty in a country where the line between cops and robbers seems to grow more indistinct by the day.

From teleSUR English:

More than 28,000 police officers in Mexico – almost one out of ten cops in the country – have failed workplace screening tests yet remain on active duty, according to a new study by Mexican non-governmental watchdog group Causa en Comun, or Common Cause.

The study said that of 303,492 Mexican federal, state and municipal police officers across the country, 28,000 failed to pass polygraph tests, drug screening, and aptitude tests. Common Cause said that it concerned that many officers were not reevaluated in a timely fashion, as the law requires a review every three years.

Moreover, according to the 2009 National Public Security Law, all sworn personnel working in a preventative or investigative capacity must be dismissed from the force if they fail the workplace screening tests.

In the state of Sinaloa – one of Mexico’s most troubled regions – 654 officers, representing nearly 55 percent of federal judicial personnel in the state, failed the tests. For Sinaloa state police, 592 officers representing approximately 37 percent of all provincial officers failed their evaluations.

The state of Guerrero, where 43 college students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College disappeared while traveling to Mexico City two years ago, has significant numbers of unfit officers, as do the states of Michoacan, Veracruz and Baja California.


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