MEXICO CITY – Some 310,000 police from Mexico’s 31 states and the Federal District will stage next week the first-ever nationally coordinated operation against street crime, the National Conference of Governors said on Saturday.
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who holds the conference’s rotating chairmanship, said the deployment will take place June 13-19.
The plan aims to attack vehicle theft, robbery and sales of stolen property, as well as to recover vehicles reported as stolen, Ebrard said.
It will also combat kidnapping, attempt to dismantle criminal gangs and will check the ownership of vehicles with darkened polarized windows or without license plates, he said.
The capital mayor promised that the operation “will get results” that will be announced on June 20.
Mexico has 427,354 police agents among its federal, state and municipal forces, of whom 45.87 percent are state troopers.
The governors’ initiative comes at a time when many representatives of civil society have stepped up their criticism of Mexico’s political class at all levels for the meager results it has obtained in fighting crime.
One of the strongest outcries against officialdom was the Caravan of Peace, an initiative led by poet Javier Sicilia who proclaimed on Friday in Ciudad Juarez – Mexico’s murder capital – a “national citizens’ pact” against the drug war, which has taken some 40,000 lives since the end of 2006.