An interstate police force created by the governments of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas has apparently failed to provide security for the residents of the latter state: its officers are being accused of engaging in criminal acts.
The claim was made by the chairman of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Tamaulipas, who said reports of motorists with Tamaulipas license plates being harassed and extorted by Nuevo León police have tripled over the last year.
Julio César Almanza Armas charged that Nuevo León Governor Jaime Rodríguez Calderón has failed in his commitment to deal with insecurity.
On the other hand, the governor’s order to reinitiate Federal Police convoys is a positive move, the business leader said.
He described it as a positive measure that would help during the Day of the Dead celebrations and at Christmas when highway traffic increases.
He suggested the convoys, in which Federal Police escort groups of vehicles, operate daily between both Matamoros and Reynosa, in Tamaulipas, and Nuevo León, Monterrey.
Commenting on the interstate police force, Tamaulipas government spokesman José Julián Sacramento Garza said it requires at least 1,000 more officers.
To that end, an application for funding has been filed with the United States embassy to obtain resources from the Mérida Initiative.
However, the problem with recruitment goes beyond funding, Sacramento explained, because few applicants are able to comply with performance and trustworthiness evaluations.
Out of every 200 applicants to the force, only between eight and 12 are being accepted, he said.
When it began operating last March it had 400 officers and the goal at the time was to get that number up to 600. Both states are jointly funding the endeavor have made an initial investment of 150 million pesos.
Source: Milenio (sp)