Mexico City – The federal government has provided 376.8 million pesos ($32.2 million) in security assistance to 48 cities across Mexico so they can train police and deal with criminal organizations, officials said.
The funds are part of the second appropriation of money from the 2011 Subsemun security assistance fund, the National Public Safety System Executive Secretariat, or Sesnsp, said.
The 48 cities "complied on time and correctly with the requirements of the General National Public Safety System Law, and with the operating rules for the subsidy itself," the secretariat said.
The funds were handed over to the cities last Friday, the secretariat said.
The Subsemun is one of three funds set up by the federal government in an effort to professionalize state and local police forces and equip them with the resources to take on heavily armed, well-funded drug cartels.
The Calderon administration supports the creation of new state police forces that will be able to take over law enforcement work from small municipal forces.
Mexico has 2,022 municipal police departments and 1,060 of them, or more than half, employ a maximum of 20 officers, official figures show.
The cities of Tijuana, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Queretaro and Culiacan each received $28.5 million pesos ($2.4 million) in security assistance.
San Luis Potosi received 25.3 million pesos ($2.1 million), Aguascalientes got 18.9 million pesos ($1.6 million), Cancun received 18.7 million pesos ($1.5 million) and Matamoros got 13.7 million pesos ($1.1 million).
The cities that have failed to meet the funding requirements should take measures to do so "in the next few hours, so they can be in a position to access the resources from the subsidy," the Sesnsp said.
Mexico's 32 states have access this year to a total of 14.5 billion pesos ($1.23 billion) from the federal government and $3.29 billion pesos ($281.7 million) of their own resources for security, the secretariat said in a report released earlier this year.