Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Mexico: Police Still Underpaid Despite Reforms, Report Says

September 26, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story— A report by Mexico’s National Public Safety System said that many Mexican police officers still earn $350 per month or less, despite efforts to increase wages and decrease corruption. The average wage for state police in Mexico is 9,250 pesos — the equivalent of around $670 per month or $8,000 annually, according to the report. The report, however, shows a great regional disparity in police wages. For example, in Tamaulipas, a border state known for high-levels of drug violence, police officers make only around 3,618 pesos, or $262 per month, while in the far less violent state of Aguascalientes, police officers receive five times more than that. The report added that police in the northwestern state of Baja California earn some of the highest wages, while police in southern Mexico make the lowest. As the country’s drug war continues to rage, Mexico has been plagued with violence directed toward police officers as well as rampant corruption by public officials — including both police officers and elected officials. The police chief of Ciudad Lerdo in northern Durango state and 39 of his officers were detained and questioned Saturday by federal police in connection with the July 10 disappearance of a federal officer. Nobody has been formally charged with any wrongdoing.

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