MEXICO CITY – The 390 commanders of Mexico’s new Gendarmerie, which will begin operating in July with 5,000 officers, are receiving law enforcement training in France and Colombia, the National Security Commission said.
The top commanders of the Gendarmerie, a division of the Federal Police, have been named, the commission, whose chief is Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, said in a statement.
The new law enforcement agency’s commanders are also taking management and specialized courses at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching, or CIDE, the commission said.
The Gendarmerie’s 5,000 cadets are completing their training at academies across Mexico and “will be ready to assume their duties in the coming month of July,” the National Security Commission said.
The new law enforcement agency will be under civilian command and will focus on providing security, especially in rural and marginalized areas.
About 75,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since late 2006.
The army and marine corps have been deployed in many areas to maintain order.
The creation of the Gendarmerie is one of the most visible actions taken by President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office on Dec. 1, 2012, to deal with security in Mexico.