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Ministry of Public Security
Secretaria de Seguridad Publica (SSP)

By 2004 the Federal Secretaria de Seguridad Publica [SSP] continued to enlist soldiers belonging to the Mexican Army, having received in 2003 to about 900 troops of the Third Brigade of Military Police to strengthen Federal Support Forces (FFA -Fuerzas Federales de Apoyo) and Reaction Forces of Early Warning (FRAI -Fuerzas de Reacción y Alerta Inmediata). This was noted by the Public Security Secretariat (SSP) in response to a federal official information request made through the Federal Institute of Access to Information (IFAI). Thus, the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) had 4,500 personnel in 2002, and 5,326 in 2003, incorporating into its structure two generals, 47 chiefs, 351 officials, 3,769 troops belonging to the Military Police 157 thousand items for miscellaneous services. As for the Navy Department, the Federal SSP informed that there are only 55 troops of the Navy of Mexico in its structure. This includes a Rear Admiral, two Frigate Captains, a Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant and three other grades that make up the list. In this regard, the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) has been reported that in 2003 signed agreements with the SSP in order to make the Third Brigade of Military Police at the source that will supply the FRAI, with a status of a force of 5,332 troops, as well as vehicles, weapons, equipment and Canófilo couples, all organic." The information provided by the SSP through the IFAI said that 862 soldiers from the Third Brigade joined the PFP in 2004.

The Ministry of Public Security has the responsibility for the following matters:

  • Develop security policies and propose public policy on crime at the federal level, he understands the rules, instruments and actions to effectively prevent crimes;

  • Propose to the Federal Executive measures to ensure the consistency of the criminal policy between the agencies of the federal public administration;
    Chair the National Council of Public Security;

  • Represent the Federal Executive Branch in the National System of Public Security;
    Propose to the National Public Security Council the appointment of the Executive Secretary of the National System of Public Security and, if necessary, remove it freely;
    Propose within the National Council for Public Security, policies, actions and strategies of coordination in the field of crime prevention and criminal policy for the entire national territory;

  • Encourage citizen participation in the formulation of plans and prevention programs in the area of federal crimes and, through the National System of Public Security, in the crimes of the ordinary;

  • Promote and facilitate social participation for the development of monitoring activities on the exercise of its powers;
    Deal expeditiously with complaints and grievances of citizens with regard to the exercise of its powers;

  • Organize, manage, administer and supervise the Federal Preventive Police, as well as ensuring the honest performance of its personnel and implement its disciplinary system;

  • Propose to the President of the United Mexican States for the appointment of the Commissioner of the Federal Preventive Police;

  • Safeguard the integrity and heritage of the people, to prevent the federal crimes, and to preserve freedom, order and public peace;

  • Establish a system to obtain, analyze, review and process information for the prevention of crime through methods that ensure strict respect for human rights;

  • Develop and disseminate multidisciplinary studies and statistics on the criminal phenomenon;

  • Upon, in coordination with the Attorney General's Office, studies on crime not reported and incorporate this variable in the design of policies on crime prevention;

  • Organize, lead and manage a service to care for the victims of crime and conclude partnership agreements with other public and private sector for better performance of this attribution;

  • Organize, lead and manage the career civil service of the police in charge;

  • Regulate and authorize the carrying of weapons for federal employees, which will coordinate with the Ministry of National Defense;

  • Grant permits to companies that provide private security services in two or more states, as well as overseeing its operations;

  • Reach agreements of cooperation in the sphere of its competence and within the framework of the National System of Public Security, other federal, state, municipal and Federal District, as well as establish partnerships with similar institutions in terms of international treaties, under the law;

  • Collaborate within the framework of the National System of Public Security, when requested by other federal, state, municipal and Federal District, in protecting the physical integrity of persons and the preservation of their property, in situations of danger when threatened by riots or other situations involving violence or imminent danger;

  • Assist the judicial branch of the Federation and the Attorney General's Office, where required, for the proper exercise of their functions;
    Run the penalties for federal crimes and administer the federal prison system, as well as organize and conduct activities in support released;

  • Participate, under the respective treaties, in the transfer of prisoners referred to in the fifth paragraph of Article 18 constitutional;

  • Manage the federal system for the treatment of juvenile offenders, in terms of the particular political and corresponding with strict adherence to human rights, and

  • The other specifically assigned to it by the laws and regulations.

Last Updated: 28th october 2009, by Direction of Social Communication




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