Under the Merida Initiative, the United States Embassy together with the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública and the Secretaria de Gobernacion hosted the first National Meeting of Public Security Academies and Police Training Institutes. Directors from federal, regional and state police academies joined regional experts to discuss themes related to police professionalization, including the role of women in police forces, training for marshal services, ethics and public trust, and international collaboration. The event also provided a forum for directors from police academies throughout Mexico to discuss the standardization of their training programs under the Programa Rector.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, William H. Duncan, Chargé d’Affaires, highlighted the importance of strengthened security collaboration between the United States and Mexico in light of the increasingly international nature of criminal organizations. He urged Mexico to adopt consistent standards in police training and professionalization and to pursue the certification of Mexico’s police force nationwide.
The Mérida Initiative is a bilateral security cooperation agreement between Mexico and the United States. Through nearly nine years of implementation, the Merida Initiative has led to greater cooperation between the United States and Mexico. It has provided tangible support to Mexico’s law enforcement and judicial institutions, helped to counteract the illegal trade in narcotics, and strengthened border security. To date, the Mérida Initiative has delivered USD 1.6 billion in equipment, training, and capacity building assistance to the government of Mexico.