Community Policing in Mexican Law Enforcement

Project Purpose/Goal

The project goal is to work collaboratively with INL and INL- designated local organizations to develop a series of policy, practice, training and technical assistance resources to assist Mexican law enforcement agencies in reaching the full potential of community and problem-oriented policing. Community policing in Mexico is often referred to as “proximity policing” or “policia de proximidad,” as community policing or “policia communitaria” has a different connotation involving civilian patrols.

Approach, Results and Implications

The Police Foundation proposes to build on existing efforts in both the United States and Mexico to develop a series of policy, practice, training and technical assistance resources to assist Mexican Law Enforcement Agencies in reaching the full potential of community and problem-oriented policing. As part of this community policing resource series, the Police Foundation will develop accompanying Guidebooks/Manuals/Curricula/Training Materials and Practical Implementation Tools to aid in the implementation of community policing in Mexico, train law enforcement supervisors and instructors from up to five Mexican Law Enforcement Agencies in Community Policing; provide technical assistance to these agencies to pilot the implementation of the community policing framework and assess the effectiveness of the training and technical assistance in increasing the skills and abilities of participating law enforcement practitioners to implement community policing strategies as well as achieve a culture of community policing in their agencies.

Aligned with the objectives of the Police Professionalization Program Initiative, the goal of the Police Foundation’s Community Policing in Mexican Law Enforcement: Practical Steps to Initiate and Sustain Cultural Change project is to work collaboratively with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Mexican law enforcement organizations to develop practical and sustainable community policing practices and to provide guidance and training to selected agencies (supervisors and instructors) to guide their agencies into the level of professionalization that Mexican civil society demands. This project will disseminate practical guidance and innovative field-tools to Mexican law enforcement agencies and practitioners, as well as a training curriculum that will be available for implementation beyond the project period, ensuring sustainability and long-term impact.

Funding & Collaboration

This 36-month project was funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs – Mexico (INL/Mexico) in April 2017. The Police Foundation has collaborated with Global Ties, the Institute for Poverty Action (IPA) and Yale University, which are also conducting related projects in Mexico.

Point of Contact:

Jim Burch
Interim President
National Police Foundation
jburch@policefoundation.org

Maria Valdovinos
Senior Research Associate
National Police Foundation
mvaldovinos@policefoundation.org

Keywords:

Community policing, problem-oriented policing, Mexico, Latin America, policia de proximidad, proximity policing

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