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Guerrero Governor Héctor Astudillo, left, and Mancera. Guerrero Governor Héctor Astudillo, left, and Mancera.

Governors’ new cops off to Guerrero soon

States chip in to create a special force to target specific crimes

A new security force will soon be deployed to Guerrero to combat rising levels of vehicle theft in the state.

Fuerza Conago, as the interstate force will be known, is the brainchild of Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, who is currently serving a term as president of the National Conference of Governors (Conago).

The 100-strong security force was originally going to start operations this week but Mancera now says it will begin in the coming days.

“I don’t have the complete force yet but I have received confirmation of participation from Hidalgo, Puebla, Mexico City and obviously the coordination in Guerrero is ready.”

He also confirmed that an agreement has been reached with the Guerrero state government for the forces to enter the state, a legal requirement that must be met prior to deployment.

Vehicle theft has doubled in Guerrero in the first four months of the year compared with figures for the same period in 2016.

Fuerza Conago will eventually be made up of 10 officers from all of Mexico’s 32 states and will be deployed in units of 50 to 100 personnel to combat specific crimes in states that are identified as requiring assistance.

In an interview with the newspaper El Universal, Mancera said that security issues were a priority for Conago and highlighted pipeline theft and robbery of vehicles as two crimes that the governors’ group wanted to focus on.

He also indicated that the force would collaborate with the Federal Police, the Army and state authorities in a coordinated response to the crimes that it is deployed to combat.

Mancera stated that the force would be made up of highly trained officers who have experience in the specific crime being fought and he believed that the force would send a message to criminal organizations that there is a coordinated commitment to the security of the country.

The next Fuerza Conago deployment is likely to be in the northern state of Sinaloa.

Source: El Universal (sp), El Financiero (sp)

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