Accession Number : ADA483659


Title :   Drug-Trafficking and Police Corruption: A Comparison of Colombia and Mexico


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : de la Torre, Luis V


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a483659.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 141


Abstract : Police officers working in countries plagued by drug trafficking are often offered a choice between plata o plomo (silver or lead). Given this option, it is not surprising that levels of police corruption are high in these nation-states. Significantly, however, levels of police corruption do differ radically between those countries where the levels of drug production and trafficking are similar. This thesis examines the case of Mexico, where corruption has been historically high and has increased in recent times; and the case of Colombia, where levels of police corruption have been relatively low and might even be said to be on the decline. Specialists in police reform and anticorruption typically look at administrative factors such as ethics, salary levels, the purging of corrupt officials, and the recruiting and training of clean officers as essential elements in the prevention of police corruption. While these factors explain some of the differences in levels of corruption, this thesis fills an important gap in the existing literature by moving beyond these conventional explanations. In particular, it introduces a country-specific approach to drug-related police corruption, including factors such as the organizational structure of the police force (centralized or decentralized), the legacy of the political criminal nexus in the country concerned, and both the size and ideology of the drug trafficking organizations involved.


Descriptors :   *DRUG SMUGGLING , *MEXICO , *COMPARISON , *COLOMBIA , *POLICE , SALARIES , INSTRUCTORS , DRUGS , OFFICER PERSONNEL , FILLERS , THESES , RECRUITING , PRODUCTION , PURGING , ORGANIZATIONS , MANAGEMENT


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE