Álvaro Vízcaíno Zamora, executive secretary for the National System of Public Security, announced that street security tasks carried out by armed forces will continue as long as “institutional weaknesses” persist amid police and justice agencies.
Vizcaíno Zamora pointed out that ten years ago military forces stepped to the streets to keep Mexican citizens safe throughout the country. He also pointed out the need to”strengthen” the capabilities of municipal and state police forces in order to differentiate public security tasks from national security ones.
During the First National Joint Meeting of Executive Secretaries, Governing Bodies and National Network of Spokesmen — whose aim in to consolidate the Criminal Justice System for 2017 — Vizcaíno Zamora highlighted that the Mexican justice system has become faster, more humane and cost-effective. He also noted that set-backs in the system continue to occur, as Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos had previously stated.
“We must acknowledge the fact that the system is not working according to its original design. It is necessary for alternative methods of dispute settlement to aid investigation agencies, and for more disputes to reach oral procedure hearings,” said Vizcaíno Zamora.