Guerrero prosecutor Olea Peláez. Guerrero prosecutor Olea Peláez.

FBI and DEA to train investigative police

Guerrero prosecutor seeks to improve effectiveness of personnel

Faced with ongoing violence by criminal organizations, the state of Guerrero will be getting some help from the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

State prosecutor Xavier Olea Peláez announced yesterday that senior investigative police officers will travel to the U.S. to receive training from the two American agencies in efforts to improve efficiencies in the fight against organized crime.

Those who take the training will return and train others.

“We know the FBI is a model that has produced results, and the DEA as well . . .” said Olea Peláez following the completion of a training course by 22 investigators. The challenge, he said, is to have an investigative force that is scientific and effective. It will also require a lot of money, the prosecutor said.

He conceded that murders committed in recent weeks have created a bad image but pointed out that the violence has been centered on municipalities such as Iguala, Chilapa, Acapulco and Chilpancingo, as well as the mountain regions.

He also observed that the state hasn’t enough people to address the problems. With 326 active personnel, the prosecutor’s office is often unable to send investigators to crime scenes in remote regions that are difficult to access.

“We cannot deny it. We don’t have sufficient capacity to attend and investigate all criminal matters.”

However, Olea Peláez emphasized that his office is working towards fixing the situation and improving results in its efforts to combat crime.

One outcome of the violence for the municipality of Chilapa has been the closure of medical centers in rural zones. Mayor Jesús Parra García said there were at least 31 such centers but more than 10 have closed as doctors and nurses don’t want to risk traveling to them.

For the most part they serve indigenous communities that are already economically marginalized.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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