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.