WIT Press


DESIGNING AN IDEAL CONCEPT OF POLICE FOR MEXICO CITY



Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SAFE-V1-N1-33-44

Volume

Volume 1 (2011), Issue 1

Pages

11

Page Range

33 - 44

Author(s)

D. SANTOS-REYES & T. LAWLOR-WRIGHT

Abstract

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.

Keywords

creative design, crime, grounded theory, police concept