The U.S. and Mexico will send up to 300 former U.S. law enforcement officials to Mexico this year to train thousands of Mexican police investigators in their escalating fight against drug cartels, USA Today reports. Mexico would select about 9,000 Mexican police for training. The goal would be to quell rampant corruption and violence, much of it fueled by warring drug organizations.
William Esposito, a principal in a consulting firm run by former FBI director Louis Freeh, said Mexico’s secretary of public safety, Genaro Garcia Luna, contacted the firm to discuss the training operation. “They are trying to change the whole policing structure,” Esposito said. Scott Erskine of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI said recruiters for the mission in Mexico have approached his group about the availability of former agents to serve as trainers. Claremont McKenna College Prof. Roderic Camp said the proposal would mark a “radical change” in Mexican policy that has resisted large-scale training of its military and police forces by U.S. personnel.