Community Policing in Latin America: Lessons from Mexico City

Cover: European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe

Cover: European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe

Markus-Michael Müller – 2010

Community policing programmes are widely perceived and promoted as an important solution for the pressing problems of insecurity in contemporary Latin American cities, and for improving citizen-police relationships. By drawing on the results of empirical fieldwork conducted in Mexico City, the article presents a critical analysis of the local community policing effort. The article demonstrates that this policing effort is overly determined by a local context, characterized by clientelism, political factionalism and police corruption, which therefore renders its contribution to a sustainable improvement of local accountability and police legitimacy unlikely. Against this background the article calls for more empirical studies on this topic and a greater sensitivity for the embeddedness of policing programmes within a wider political context. Keywords: community policing; police; democratization; citizen participation; Mexico City.

Titel
Community Policing in Latin America: Lessons from Mexico City
Verlag
CEDLA
Ort
Amsterdam
Schlagwörter
Policing, Staat, Mexiko/Lateinamerika, Sicherheit, Teilprojekt C3
Datum
2010
Kennung
ISSN 0924-0608
Erschienen in
European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 88, 21-37.
Sprache
eng
Art
Text