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Cablegate: Re: Status of the Federal Police Reforms

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TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM SNAR KCRM MX
SUBJECT: RE: STATUS OF THE FEDERAL POLICE REFORMS
(C-AL8-01285)

REF: SECSTATE 76943

A. Is there a set timetable for the completion of the
reforms? Have any meetings been held/planned to discuss
allocating money?

Yes, the hard deadline is by then end of Calderon's
Administration in 2012 but the GOM is working to implement
reforms as soon as possible. Calderon has had considerable
success to date securing the funds he needs to advance
reforms. MEXICO 1063 outlines time frames on particular
aspects of the reforms.


B. Is there any concern that corruption rumors about SSP
leaders are impeding reform?

Members of the law enforcement community (LEC) at post are
not aware of any rumors of corruption impeding the federal
police reforms.

C. Have the AFI/PFP budgets been consolidated? If not, is
there any plan in the works to do so?

Yes. The justice system reforms -- passed in March 2008 and
signed into law June 2008 -- officially merged the two
entities and also included provisions to transfer budget
control of AFI from PGR to SSP. Former AFI officers are now
getting paychecks with SSP letterhead.


D. Is SSP encountering rivalry between PFP and AFI in the
unification? What are the sources of friction?

Historically, there has always been a rivalry between the PFP
and AFI. During the initial stages of AFI-PFP unification
(which began in March 2007) AFI agents expressed concerns to
LEC members on professional issues such as tenure, rank,
and/or salary retention. However, LEC members have not heard
complaints from former AFI officers since they officially
became part of SSP.


E. Has the first class graduated from the Public Security
Academy? Has the second class been selected? Have those
individuals entered the Federal Police? And how effective
have they been? Are they well accepted/respected by their
peers?

The first class of approximately 150 new investigators
graduated from the Public Security Academy in the summer of
2007. Since then, SSP has been utilizing as many as six
different state and federal training facilities throughout
the country to continue to train hundreds of new
investigators as they try to reach their goal of 8000 new
investigators in a two year period. The exact number of newly
trained investigators is in dispute; we have heard that as
many as 2000 have been trained while as SSP officials have
told the press over 4000 have been trained.

F. The National Center of Confidence Control was
established to assist in the vetting process. Has this
institution decreased the amount of officers
retaining/receiving jobs after failing polygraphs, etc? Are
those who failed being fired/not hired, or are they being
moved? When does testing occur and how often do they
retest?

The National Center of Confidence Control is in a formative
stage at this point. ICE, DEA, and FBI have provided
training and polygraphs to top level SSP personnel. However,
the number of polygraphs, failed polygraphs, fired employees,
and testing schedules has not been shared with the LEC at
post.

G. What is the money from subsemun (local public subsidy)
being used for (e.g., resources, staff, etc.)?

We do not have information on this yet.

H. Platform Mexico is planned to share information across
the spectrum, from Federal Police down to state/municipal,
but little is known regarding access restrictions. Are there

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access restrictions that ensure that local police are unable
to access information that they do not need? If so, are the
restrictions being properly handled?

There are several levels of security envisioned as part of
Platform Mexico. All user security with be at the user-ID
level and each individual will be granted access to the
various databases in accordance with his/her
responsibilities. Additionally, Platform Mexico will have an
extensive audit capability to monitor users' activities and
this will be exercised by the SSP information engineers at
the command and control center in the "Sistema Nacional" of
SSP. The distribution of data will also be controlled to the
regional command and control centers.
Visit Mexico City's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/mexicocity and the North American
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