A Mexican revolution in public security


Photo: Mexico City. Image: Kasper Christensen/Flickr

11th November 2016

Mexico is trying an experiment that promises to be the most effective solution for public security problems in Latin American cities. Here we show its early results. What is this innovation?
The eyes of the hemispheres should be turned toward Toluca and Ecatepec, two Mexican cities where centers were recently opened that are revolutionizing the way urban public security is managed. This is an issue of monumental relevance in Latin America which, statistics say, is the region that, sadly, is the most violent in the world.
The transformation emanates from two recently-inaugurated locations with the number C5, the Spanish acronym for Centers of Control, Command, Communication, Computing and Quality. On the outside they are enormous concrete buildings, giving the lie to  the nature of the project. The first impression is that they look like they are there to guard secrets that C5’s owners, the national government, the State of Mexico and the municipality, have little desire to reveal.
But, spending a few minutes inside, one quickly understands that it has nothing to do with secrecy, but with providing the good guys with the best technology resources to discourage the bad guys.
Three of the 350 persons who work full time with the new C5 elite group of Toluca gave a little friendly and open tour of the facilities that, right from the start, demonstrates a huge contrast to the mysterious bunker, full of documents and distrustful, half-hearted detectives that are typical in Latin …

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