Evolving Role of the Security Forces to Counter Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas: Regional Insights   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Summary: "As transnational organized crime increasingly presents a national security threat throughout Latin America, governments must re-examine the roles and responsibilities of their security forces, both military and police, to ensure the welfare, security, prosperity and sovereignty of their countries. To reduce drug-related violence perpetrated by the Mexican cartels, President Felipe Calderon deployed the military to complement police efforts across Mexico in 2006; after 10 years of the armed forces countering the cartels, there is a heated debate over how the military and police should be engaged in internal security as homicides are on the rise. In 2011, the U.S. issued a national strategy to combat transnational organized crime recognizing the seriousness of the threats from transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) to the Americas. As Colombia transitions from fighting the decades-long FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] armed insurgency to implementing the peace accord in the 'post-conflict' era, countering transnational organized crime has become a top priority and will entail an evolving role of the police and military to fight TCOs. Governments will need a strong legal framework, clearly defined missions for the military and police, specialized training, and talent recruitment and retention to realize security sec-tor reform to counter transnational organized crime effectively across the Americas."

Report Number:
2018 Edition, no.2 (March)
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William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies: http://chds.dodlive.mil/
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