One in four migration agents currently deployed in the country should not be working because it lacks the full certification required by law in order to perform that role. These items have not passed or renewed their confidence control exams.
In fact, agents of the National Institute of Migration (INM) are the federal force with the lowest proportion of active federal agents with approved exams in place. They are even below the total average of approved state and municipal police.
This is revealed by the latest update of the confidence control reviews published by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System with a court of June 30, at its site of transparency obligations.
Confidence control is a mandatory procedure for both the entry as well as for the permanence of the elements of security institutions in the country, in accordance with the General Law of the National System of Public Security. It consists of a battery of five tests, including toxicological and polygraph, which have to be renewed every three years.
According to this balance in the country there are a total of 400 thousand 584 police and security agents attached to public corporations, both local and federal. Of this total there are 131 thousand 123, which is equivalent to 32% (in national total almost 1 in 3 elements) that do not have approved and/or current trust control.
In the specific case of federal forces, the entire universe is 63,877 elements, of which 94% are effective approved in confidence control, and 83% maintain such approval in effect.
The dependency breakdown shows that the INM is well below that federal average. His data shows that he has an active universe of 4 thousand 133 agents. Of this total 78% have a certificate of approval confidence control procedure. And they have to subtract from 3% that has already expired.
This means that 25% of the inM elements are not eligible to be active. Among this group are 3% of agents who have already been evaluated and failed, but have not been removed, as well as 15% who have not even undergone the exams.
This data becomes relevant when it is taken into account that the INM is in a growth process, derived from the migration strategy launched by Mexico to strengthen surveillance at the country’s southern and northern border.
FGR and criminals, with refurbished lag
As for other federal forces, they show higher numbers relative to the percentage of deployed agents approved, albeit with a lower number in terms of current assessments.
For example. The Attorney General’s Office reports 14,693 active ministerial agents, 97% of whom have already been examined and approved, although only 71% maintain their confidence certification.
While in the Administrative Body for Prevention and Social Rehabilitation (OADPRS) – an institution responsible for federal criminals – data show that of the 3,344 active custodians, 89% passed confidence control assessments, although currently only 48% – less than half – are in force
And in the case of the Federal Police (a corporation in the process of disappearing as it will be replaced by the National Guard), until the end of June it still reported 41,707 active items, 90% of them with approved and also current evaluations, a very higher than other federal forces.
Guerrero, BCS and Sinaloa: red spotlights
As for local police forces (state, municipal and ministerial), SESNSP data show that of 336 thousand 707 active items, there are 258 thousand 601, equivalent to 77%, which are approved elements with current certificate. The remaining 23% is in some incomplete or irregular situation.
The most worrying data is 27,06 (8% of the country’s total police), which ultimately failed to pass the confidence checks and must be removed from office, but remain active.
Among the states, the least trusted police force is Sinaloa. The entity reports only 48% of its 6 thousand 900 state, municipal and ministerial elements with the current certificate of trust. More worrying is that of the 52% who do not have it, 48% is because they failed the procedure and they should have been given d discharge.
This means that almost 1 in 2 policemen in Sinaloa has no chance of continuing to be.
Another red focus is in Guerrero, an entity in which only 44% 9 thousand 103 elements of public security has today a valid certificate that exceeded the trust control. An even lower level than Sinaloa’s. Although in Guerrero the percentage of agents failed is 24%, while the rest corresponds to personnel not evaluated or with expired certificates.
Baja California Sur is another case to stand out with only 57% of its 2 thousand 986 local police with current approval. The percentage of active items despite being rejected is 30%, almost 1 in 3 items.
And in San Luis Potosí the data show that of the 6 thousand 347 active security elements, just over half (52%) their confidence control exams are not in effect. Although in this case only 15% of irregulars are in unapproved condition.
In the case of Mexico City – the entity with the largest police force in the country – the data show that of its just over 52,200 police, 80% meet the current trust control, and there are only 2% of the staff failed.
What about the National Guard?
Although the National Guard has been formally in operation since last May, the Executive Secretariat’s data still do not show what the status of its confidence control elements is.
It should be recalled that on 30 April the Standing Committee on Certification and Accreditation of the National Council for Public Safety approved a «special» scheme for the application of these tests to the elements of the Guard in order to make the process more agile. So far, no results have been released.
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