Baja California and the Tijuana border face a 100% deficit of police officers

Since the year 2000 to date, the Tijuana border has an average of 2,500 police officers.

Baja California faces a 100% deficit of state police officers, the same happens in the border city of Tijuana, where an average of 5 homicides are committed per day.

During the graduation of 264 new officers from the Academy – who were distributed to be state police officers, investigators, preventive agents or penitentiary custodians – the governor Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda commented that this is why they increased the Security budget to 8 billion for 2024, allocating a percentage “for training of elements, equipment; we will not skimp on resources”.

There is a “great deficit, and that is why we are trying to increase the number of elements; you realize, we are not idle,” she said.

The State Citizen Security Force, which depends on the State Government, has only 700 elements; at the end of her term, the president detailed, she hopes they will be at least double.

Tijuana does not grow in police officers since the year 2000

Since the year 2000 to date, the Tijuana border has an average of 2,500 police officers, distributed in two shifts, to provide security to the population in more than 1,300 colonies.

“We are talking about the same numbers of police officers that Tijuana has, around 2,500. So, it is not a problem of now, it is a problem that has been dragging on for a long time,” said Fernando Sánchez González. The Secretary of Public Security of Tijuana maintained that something must be done, mainly in the administrative and recruitment issue.

“And that the municipalities have the corresponding places to receive them just when they finish their graduation (from the academy),” said the former head of the State Public Security Academy. Sánchez González argued that another problem that Tijuana faces to increase the number of police officers is that, given the wide range of employment options in the city, many young people opt for other areas “before deciding to be a police officer”.

Source: Milenio