Secretary Clinton Visits Federal Police Command Center in Iztapalapa

Posted by William Nelson
March 27, 2009
Secretary Clinton at Mexico's Federal Police Command Center

Interactive Travel Map | Text the SecretaryAbout the Author: William Nelson serves as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

It was a bright sunny morning in Mexico when Secretary Clinton arrived to the Federal Police Command Center in Iztapalapa. Secretary Clinton was greeted by Secretary of Public Safety Garcia Luna, and the two of them toured the facility. The Command Center represents the future of Mexican anti-crime efforts. There will eventually be 10 centers around the country that will allow the Federal Police to take “quick reactions” to incidents across the country. During her tour Secretary Clinton was able to see the three main components of Mexico’s fight against organized- crime: information technology, training and equipment.

The first stop on the tour of the command center was a tour of the communication center. Inside, Secretary Clinton entered the communications nerve center, where a wall is filled with television screens and rows of computers and phone banks. The Command Center uses the latest information technology to integrate and standardize crime reporting across all levels of law enforcement. The United States is supporting these Mexican efforts with equipment and technical support.

The next stop on the tour was at a training demonstration. There were canine and anti-terrorism teams that both put on demonstrations for Secretary Clinton. The Command Center includes an extensive training group that includes anti-kidnapping squads, chemical and biological operational squads, bomb squads and drug lab take down and detection squads. Many of these Mexican teams have been trained by U.S. mobile training teams.

The final stop was the aviation hangar, where there was an impressive display of helicopters. This included two brand new Blackhawk helicopters recently purchased by the Mexican Government. The fleet of Blackhawks will allow teams to be quickly dispatched all over Mexico in response to criminal threats.

The tour and demonstrations made clear the efforts being made by the Mexican Government and Secretary of Public Safety to counter organized crime. The U.S. Government is supporting this combination of technology, training and equipment to help Mexico win the fight against organized crime.



New Jersey, USA
March 27, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Once again, Hillary, you have made me proud! I know that you work this hard because it is natural for you to apply yourself this way, but nonetheless, watching you do it is impressive. Aside from the appearances and visits on these trips (which are tightly packed and admirably scheduled h/t to embassy staffs accountable for this), I know that behind the scenes you are carrying a heavy load of homework. You never fail to blow me away with the level of detail you manage to absorb about our policies, treaties, alliances, and agreements. You, a Secretary of State, are a voice of reasoned and accurate information paralleled by no one else. I appreciate that.

Thanks again for doing us proud! You were awesome with Greta!

California, USA
March 28, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

Dear Consular Officer Nelson,

Thanks for taking *us* on the tour. You all who are contributing to Dipnote give the stateside-bound such an educational view. It's great.


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