On September 1, the National Safety Commission (CNS) reported that elements of the Gendarmerie Division, the new agency of the Federal Police (FP), were deployed to the states of Baja California, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco and Tamaulipas to “strengthen territorial control”. Without specifying the number of troops, it informed that the deployment of elements began on August 30. The first mobilization occurred in the town of Valle del Bravo, State of Mexico, with the entry of 350 gendarmes to combat kidnapping and extortion. Within this context, Manelich Castilla Cravioto was presented as head of the Gendarmerie Division. A year ago, he had been replaced from his position as an officer of the Federal Police (FP). His dismissal was never clarified, but occurred after a failed FP drug raid at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM).
The National Gendarmerie is an elite corps trained by the Ministry of Defense and international police commanders. They are considered civilian elements with military training. According to defenders of human rights organizations, the National Gendarmerie confirms that the security strategy of President Enrique Peña Nieto favors militarization of the country, since a police force is created with military training but without training on the protection of freedom and citizenship human rights.
As for Chiapas, one hundred officers of the National Gendarmerie arrived at Tapachula to participate in security operations along the border with Guatemala, with the aim to avoid the transit of migrants who enter the country irregularly in an intent to cross Mexico.
For more information (in Spanish):
Despliegan a la Gendarmería Nacional en 5 estados más (Animal Político, 1 de septiembre de 2014)
Gendarmería Nacional arriba a Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 2 de septiembre de 2014)
Despliegan a la Gendarmería en otros cinco estados (Proceso, 1 de septiembre de 2014)
Dan la Gendarmería a mando destituido hace un año (Proceso, 27 de agosto de 2014)
Reforzarán la vigilancia en Valle de Bravo 350 agentes de la Gendarmería (La Jornada, 28 de agosto de 2014)