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Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

Vega Marín says Baja California cannot remove police who are not suited for job due to lack of resources

      A top national security official who hails from Baja California said Monday that the state has been unable police who are not suited for their jobs because of a lack of resources needed to make the case to remove them, Frontera newspaper reported.

      Oscar Vega Marín, who has spent an inordinate amount of time in Baja California, presumably because he would like to get the National Action Party nomination for governor next year, told the Madrugadores breakfast group in Mexicali that 54% of the 11,906 state and municipal police have been evaluated. He said 9% of those evaluated failed the assessment and 66% passed. Results from the remaining 25% still are being examined.

      He said of 578 state and municipal police that did not pass the evaluation, 80% are still on the payroll, even though some have been found to have taken drugs or bribes, to have committed other crimes, or just found not to have the competence needed for the job.

      He said Zacatecas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Guanajuato, Tlaxcala and Colima have evaluated their entire police forces, while Baja California ranks 20th out of 32 Mexican entities in the percentage of its police who have been evaluated. He said 15% of police nationwide have failed their assessments.

     Story, Frontera (PDF).  
     Vega Marín was profiled in Campestre magazine during the summer and the magazine's cover featuring him was placed on billboards all over. He said he did not pay for the billboards.
     Front-page ad for Vega Marín's appearance at CESUN University on Dec. 6 for a talk entitled, "Innovation and Value for Governing in Baja California."