Mexico has a terrorism problem, largely the result of gangs in the north (who
move drugs into the U.S.) battling each other, and the police. This year, over
5,000 people have died from the violence, about twice as many killed last year.
A major problem is the incompetence and corruption found in the local police.
The drug gangs try to bribe the cops, and often succeed. When they don't, they
start killing the clean cops, and that often terrorizes the police into
the federal government has sent 20,000 soldiers and federal police north. In
addition, the feds attempted to upgrade the local police. They have a lot of
work to do. In addition to dirty cops, they found many of them unfit for police
work. Existing police were given aptitude tests, and about half of them failed.
In some areas, like Tijuana (south of California), 90 percent failed. It's not
like there aren't enough qualified recruits, given the high unemployment rate,
but that the jobs are often sold to those willing to pay. Many qualified
recruits stay away because of the corruption. Now the feds want to try and get
these potentially clean and capable men into uniform.
has been through this before, and know that corruption, not bullets, is their
biggest danger. The gangs try, and often succeed, in bribing military
commanders. The last thing the generals want is a lot of corrupted officers. So
the military wants to crush the gangs as quickly as possible, and get their
troops back to soldiering.