In the next three to six months, Mexico will go through a critical stage of security, and one of the factors will be the unemployment that has been generated as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
Manuel Espino Barrientoscommissioner of Federal Protection Service (SPF), mentioned that the country could go through a "very rough stage of insecurity”, Once everything is normalized. "It is a common sense estimate that has to be taken into account," he commented to The universal.
One of the factors he indicated is the lack of sources of employment. According to figures from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) There were 685,840 formal jobs that disappeared between March and April, which is equivalent to 11,243 jobs a day or 7.8 spaces per minute.
In relation to the security strategy of the present administration, the former PAN member stated that efforts are corrective in relation to mistakes made in past years. "It is evident that the country continues to suffer from insecurity," he said.
In March, Mexico was ranked among the nations where its population feels most insecure and where it earns the least compared to the member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
In the study How is life going 2020? Measuring social welfare, the country is placed as the second nation where more homicides are committed, after Colombia, but it occupies the first position where people feel more insecure.
The head of the SPF confided that the decisions that have been taken will pay off in the short term, although it is a quotient that it will not be easy for them to evaluate the advances made by the health contingency.
"I think that those who are in prospective design, that is, those who, based on what has happened, they must see what could happen in three or four or six months, they have to consider the inheritance that the pandemic
Manuel Espino works as commissioner of the Federal Protection Service since FebruaryIt should be noted that this is a decentralized body of the Secretariat for Citizen Security and Protection. Regarding his work, he mentioned that he collaborated on his experience in public security with the police in Ciudad Juárez and Hermosillo.
Among the tasks he has carried out at the SPF is concentrating information, because “a lot of information is generated that was previously wasted, data that are to assist in the intelligence areas of the federal government", said.
Such work, he described, it was important to strengthen security in prisons, due to the risk of contagion and, on the other hand, there are medicine warehouses and clinics that became vulnerable facilities. Approximately 1,532 elements were used for the custody of IMSS, ISSTE and Insabi clinics.
In relation to a purification process in the Federal Protection Service, he explained that there had been a rearrangement of personnel and exemplified that some elements requested their resignation to assign them to administrative tasks.
Although in some cases they will mean low, particularly in the areas of security, because they do not have the adequate preparation to carry out said work. "We have many police spaces that are assigned to someone who does desk work"Said the official.
The Federal Protection Service estimates that for the current year 13,000 police will be hired and they would be 15,000 in the following years.
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