DESIGNING AN IDEAL CONCEPT OF POLICE FOR MEXICO CITY
Free (open access)
Volume 1 (2011), Issue 1
33 - 44
D. SANTOS-REYES & T. LAWLOR-WRIGHT
Mexicans are fearful and concerned not only about the increasing number of crimes of all kinds that has permeated the fabric of their cities and communities, but also about the increasing number of crimes committed by the law enforcement itself. These are unﬁt for purpose, characterised by corruption practices and low level of education and training. Often, the law enforcement ofﬁcers have violated civil rights of ordinary citizens, and even murdered several members of civil organisations. Moreover, organised crime has permeated the structural organisation of law enforcement institutions. This has led many police ofﬁcers to become involved in organised crime. What would be the ideal concept of police for Mexico City? What needs to be changed? What changes need to occur in order to address public safety more effectively? There is a need to reformulate the concept of the police ofﬁcer. This paper presents a particular approach that has been employed in order to develop an ideal concept of police for Mexico City law enforcement institution. It is hoped that this concept might help the decision-makers to change the current concept of police so that they can address crime and at the same time protect civilians more effectively.
creative design, crime, grounded theory, police concept