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Baja Seeks Training And Investment From Israeli Police

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Aired 8/3/11

Police in the Mexican state of Baja California may be getting security training from a law enforcement agency literally located across the globe in Israel.

— In the last two years, Mexican officials have regularly touted Baja California's success in cracking down on organized crime. But in an effort to improve its use of intelligence and technology, Baja state police will get training from the Israeli National Police in the near future.

The collaboration was among the issues discussed at a recent meeting of state officials in Ensenada.

"We're coming out of very violent years, between 2007 and 2008, when Tijuana was a city in great chaos," said María del Pilar Sainz Kennedy, the director of a commission focused on security issues made up of citizens in Baja which advises state officials.

"We've come a long way, but there is still much work to be done," she said.

The Baja state government is eager to do more public/private partnerships to address violence, improve public perception and attract more foreign investment.

Israeli companies are showing some interest in making deals. In the last month, representatives from numerous Israeli companies have met with Baja officials to discuss investments and long-term partnerships.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | August 3, 2011 at 6:44 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Why? In Tijuana they already learned to place bags over the heads of suspects from Leyzaola.

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nomarsiul | August 3, 2011 at 7:07 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

@missionaccomplished let me tell you that this training is not for the Tijuana Municipal Police, instead is for the State Police (and yes, you could argue that are of the same kind...).
I don´t know why they need training from the national police of Israel, because just yesterday a group of them had a friction with the military personal because they went to the house of one of the officers to have a "little chat". (you can read the note here in spanish: http://tinyurl.com/3bf5bgo). And also last year, two state police officers were accused of trying to get money from a business man in Mexicali.
By the way, from time to time they area trained also by the FBI and the SD Police!

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Missionaccomplished | August 4, 2011 at 7:29 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I am aware they have three levels of police and that they have had friction between them sometimes over jurisdiction and sometimes over petty things. My reference was to the hypothetical irony of having former Municipal chief Leyzaola, who is controversial to say the least in his own right, being "trained" in further heavy-handed methods from Israeli police advisers.

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