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In Search for 800 New Officers, Guanajuato Police Emphasizes Quality

Sophia Huett López, Comisionada de Seguridad

By Jesús Aguado

The Guanajuato State Police has issued a recruiting call for 800 new officers, and is prepared to pay top dollar for quality hires.

“We do not want to complete a number just to fulfill a goal, no,” State Secretary of Public Safety Álvar Cabeza de Vaca said. “We are focusing our efforts to find professional quality. We want people who will not earn merely an honest and worthy salary but will [be motivated to] take care of their own families.”

State Safety Commissioner Sophia Huett López invited Guanajautenses with the desire to be a law enforcement officer and having a love for their state to join the state police. She especially urged those from “militarized high schools”—an educational format that has emerged in México in the last decade and touts militaristic discipline and training and ethics education—to join.

The initiative, which will increase the number of state officers to 4,000, aims to recruit candidates into a force on the vanguard of Mexican policing, which has numerous international certifications and pays among the top three police salaries in the country. The amount being offered to recruits is 15,348 pesos a month, with a Christmas bonus equivalent to 45 days of work and 10 days of vacation per quarter. The job also offers performance bonuses ranging from 2,000–5,000 pesos, health insurance, accident insurance, annual scholarships, retirement pensions, and even discounts on various goods and services.


Crime by Numbers in San Miguel

From January to April of this year, the National System of Public Safety reported that 32 people have been killed in San Miguel de Allende. Twenty were homicides with intent—18 gun deaths and two stabbings. The 12 other deaths were manslaughter (10 of them car accidents.)

The criminal complaints from the regional district attorney’s office—because they are the source for the National System of Public Safety—stated that there were 51 house robberies (six registered with violence), 36 vehicles stolen, 39 businesses robbed (36 of them without violence), and one mugging reported.


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