Written Testimony of Ambassador David T. Johnson, Assistant Secretary of State For International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Hearing on 'Drug Trafficking Violence in Mexico: Implications for the U.S.', May 5, 2010   [open pdf - 122KB]

"Our efforts are crafted to address the unique conditions on the ground in each of our program countries, where there is a demonstrated need and want for security and justice sector reform. INL provides custom-solutions to meet very specific challenges identified by our program nation partners. In Mexico, our collaboration with President Calderon resulted in the Merida Initiative, which has supported the growth of the federal police force, part of the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP), and its efforts to interdict illicit drugs and counter drug violence. With our support, the Government of Mexico is building capacity and credibility in its federal police force and working to further extend its reach far outside of Mexico City. Merida programs have also provided technological assistance such as non-intrusive inspection equipment and K-9 training, both of which are critical to Mexico's developing narcotics search and seizure operations along our shared border. Each of INL's assistance programs in Mexico responds to specific requirements defined within letters of agreement between our two countries for each fiscal year, which ensures that we are both striving toward shared programmatic objectives and that we share an understanding of the timing for program implementation or deliverables."

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