Police agencies agree on coordination

A committee appointed by the Corte Suprema de Justicia is studying the work of the judicial police.

The committee has three months to prepare a report.

One of the major developments this week is that the minister of Seguridad Pública, Gustavo Mata Vega, and the director of the Fuerza Pública, Juan José Andrade Morales, met with the committee.

There has been a long history of guarding turf by the judicial police and the security ministry.  Under the law, the judicial police, the Judicial Investigating Organization, is an arm of the courts. Agents are responsible for investigating crimes and preparing a case in conjunction with the prosecutors and judges of the first level.

The Fuerza Pública, on the other hand, is supposed to be a prevention agency and first responder to crimes. Usually the police do not investigate.

There is some duplication. Both the judicial police and the security ministry have anti-drug units who seem to work independently.

After a meeting Wednesday, officials said they were trying to improve coordination among the police forces.

In addition to the Fuerza Pública, there are police operated by the immigration agency and the tax agency, among others.

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