President Enrique Peña Nieto asked Congress, the Chamber of Deputies in particular, to approve his constitutional reform concerning public security, through which the Mixed Command will be implemented.
Responding to questions raised by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), National Action Party (PAN), Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and Green Party (PVEM) in the Senate regarding the Fourth Government Report, Peña Nieto acknowledged an increase in the number of homicides in the country.
He explained that the increase in this crime is due to two reasons in particular.
Of the 2,450 municipalities that exist in the country, only 1,800 have police departments and the majority of them do not have the capacity to fight against criminal groups and contain crime.
Local government changes can generate imbalance and do not provide continuity to changes that are undertaken.
President Peña Nieto said that the solution to this is to have solid local security departments, which meet criteria of professional conduct, equipment and behavior protocols.
He explained that in order to have solid local security departments across the 32 states, it is necessary to implement public security reforms to create a more effective coordination of policing. He said this is an issue currently being discussed in the Chamber of Deputies.