Open Call to Reinforce the Police Department

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

After the dismissal of several police officers, the local administration published a call to attract new members to the force. There are 60 positions available.

Some police officers in the Public Security Department did not receive satisfactory marks in exams for confidence conducted by the State Secretariat of Public Security. The officers were dismissed, leaving vacant positions. Gabriel Arturo Yáñez, head of that department said the policemen were not necessarily dismissed for being linked to criminal activities. but did not discard this possibility on a very low level  To reinforce security in town, more positions were allocated through the state budget.

Through the call, which will be open until the 60 positions are filled, the Public Security Department is seeking the best profiles of men and women who have the right attitude and dedication to social service. Those applying must be sanmiguelenses or residents of nearby cities, between 18 and 35 years old, with minimum studies of secondary school completion. Priority will be given to those with the highest level of academic education. The salary after taxes is 8,500 pesos montlhy. Basic English was not a requirement in the call.

Of the new police officers, five will occupy posts in the tourist police, who are currently working in the historic center with 10 experienced police officers.

For security reasons, Yáñez did not mention the number of dismissed police officers or the number of newly created positions. However, he made it clear that the members left the force because they did not pass the tests of confidence. He highlighted that the reasons were many, including lack of official academic documents to support their education level, inappropriate attitudes  not conducive to the image of the police force, lack of a military identity card, and addiction to alcohol or other toxic substances. Although he did not discount the minimal link of some police officers with criminal activity, he said that in some cases, police officers confessed during the exams that they “saw something” and did not do anything, indicating that they were not trustworthy.

Assistant Secretary of the State Public Security Department, Martín Octavio Luque, also said in addition that there are other reasons why police officers do not pass the exams, but in those cases the State Public Security Department issues recommendations for local security forces. Those circumstances can range from obesity to illness, but the officers can continue working.

The Assistant Secretary noted that when a police officer is dismissed from the force for not passing the exams, his information is uploaded to a database called CUIPP, part of the national database Plataforma México. This program holds the former police officer’s personal information, as well as the reasons why he was dismissed. All the police forces in the country have access to that information.

Lucio also commented that after dismissal, a former police officer becomes a citizen like any other, with rights and duties. Moreover, if the former officer makes use of his training to commit a crime, the judicial authorities must apply the law in a different way.


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