Crime and Violence

3,200 Mexican federal police agents were fired

08/30/10 – The federal Secretariat of Public Security (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública – SSP) announced today that they had fired 3,200 elements of the force due to their failing of trust exams and breaking the federal police code of law. The comission general of the federal police, Facundo Rosas, announced that the 3,200 elements were the first to be fired; at least 1,200 more agents are being reviewed for possible dismissal.

Since the beginning of May, there have been a total of 4,685 agents discharged – more than 10% of all personnel in the federal police. Rosas explained that the firings are “part of an ongoing commitment to consolidate a Federal Police that fulfills the constitutional principles of legality, honesty, efficiency, professionalism, and respect for human rights.”

On August 7th, a riot ensued in Ciudad Juárez between opposing groups of a federal police department in the city. Commander Salomón Alarcón Olvera was accused of firing and arresting a police officer after being criticized by him. The commander and three other colleagues were investigated for their actions. It was confirmed that Alarcón Olvera was among the 3,200 fired this past weekend.


Pérez, Raymundo Arellano. “Cesan a 3 mil 200 policías federales.” Milenio. 30 August, 2010.

European Pressphoto Agency. “Expulsan a 3.200 agentes federales en México por depuración policial.” 30 August, 2010.

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