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Cablegate: Update: Ssp to Replace Military As Primary

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/23/2019
TAGS: PREL PGOV PINR MX
SUBJECT: UPDATE: SSP TO REPLACE MILITARY AS PRIMARY
SECURITY PLAYER IN CIUDAD JUAREZ

REF: MEXICO 3468

Classified By: Ambassador Carlos Pascual for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) Reftel provided a summary of the GOM's plans to make
the federal police the coordinating force for security
operations in Ciudad Juarez, with the military playing a
supporting role. On December 22, Facundo Rosas Rosas, chief
of the federal police force (SSP) under Public Security
Secretary Garcia Luna, provided the AMB and Embassy staff
with an update of the GOM's plans. Rosas said that 1600
federal police had already been deployed to Juarez. No formal
announcement has yet been made by President Calderon. Mostly
likely, the formal announcement will be deferred into the new
year, once the new security arrangements are fully in place
and operational. Facundo Rosas will remain the point person
coordinating the new operational arrangements on behalf of
the federal police. A new command structure is being created
under SSP state representative Vidal Diaz Leal Ochoa.
2. (C) Rosas told us that four areas of operation have been
created for the security forces in Juarez:
-- Street patrols in high-crime areas: The municipal police
will be concentrated in these neighborhoods. In some
instances, SEDENA will be patrolling with the municipal
police, but only until the point that there is sufficient
municipal police capacity to take on all preventive controls,
without the support of SEDENA.
-- Black holes or hot spots: These are areas with a large
preponderance of bars, billiard halls, strip clubs, and
prostitution houses. Rosas characterized these as the areas
where drugs and arms are traded and deals are cut. Patrolling
these areas, investigating operations in these
establishments, using legal authorities to shut down
operations, and acting against criminal operations, would be
the principal responsibility of the federal police working in
close coordination with the Procurator General.
-- Extortion and kidnapping: Federal police has already sent
a strong contingent of investigators that will be built up
eventually to a total of 500. The contingent will include
negotiators and analysts; operations will be based out of the
C4 (command, control, coordination and communications) Center
in Juarez. Federal police will lead this effort. The intent
is to reach out to victims and seek their cooperation in
investigations and prosecutions. Rosas said the federal
police will be working closely with the Procurator General's
office.
--High-value targets: Action against high-value targets will
be based out of the recently created UNITO (tactical
operations unit), which is based out of SEDENA's military
base in Juarez. All federal security agencies will continue
to participate in coordinating activities against high-value
targets. SEDENA will be expected to concentrate most of its
activities in this area as well as in securing transit routes
in and out of the city.
3. (C) Rosas also indicated that federal police recognizes
that it must coordinate with parts of the government running
socioeconomic programs in order to reduce incentives for the
unemployed and disaffected to join the narcotraffickers. From
the discussions with Rosas as well as others, it is clear
that this part of the agenda in Juarez still requires the
greatest degree of additional planning.
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