“Justiciabarómetro: Estudio de la policia municipal preventive de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara” is part of one of the most important debates of modern Mexico: how police should be reformed to better address the serious problems of public insecurity. The uniformed police is the protection the government provides to its citizens against conflicts, threats and dangers of everyday life. It is an essential link to the criminal justice system, and fundamental to democracy. The authors emphasize that in Mexico, the most urgent challenge is the need for a model in which citizens do not have the feeling that there can be abuses and restrictions and propose that the police should be reformed substantially until the public perception positive again. They raise a strategy to strengthen local police, because its members know their communities and are part of the social fabric.
The book is the final product the largest independent study of a police force ever done in Mexico. The survey focusing on the Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara (ZMG), one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country (second only to Mexico City), covered nearly 80% of the 6,873 municipal police officers currently serving the more than 4 million inhabitants of the ZMG. Due to its magnitude, breadth of inquiry, and high level of participation, this study makes a noteworthy contribution to the study of public security issues in Mexico.
Justiciabarómetro forms part of the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute, which provides policy analysis and recommendations concerning the rule of law in Mexico. The Justice in Mexico Project is generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Tinker Foundation.