The U.S. Embraces Mexico's New Accusatory Justice
U.S. Embassy, Mexico
On December 20, 2016, Mexican President Enrique Peña
Nieto approved an amendment to the Professionalization Program (Programa Rector de Profesionalización) of
the National Public Safety Secretariat (SESNSP by its Spanish acronym). Under the amendment, criminal information analysts
will be recognized by the courts as expert witnesses and will assist in criminal investigations. The move is a significant
step in the consolidation of Mexico’s new accusatory justice system, as it will allow these analysts to testify and
present evidence during criminal trials. This type of evidence-based testimony by certified specialists will further strengthen
the credibility of the new system.
The amendment also validated the adoption of a standard training program and curriculum
for information analysts that were jointly developed by 14 Mexican government law enforcement agencies. Under the Merida Initiative,
the U.S. Embassy is supporting the training.
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, expressed her support for the measure,
saying, “It is encouraging to see this measure passed into law and I look forward to further collaboration under the
Merida Initiative on the training program for criminal information analysts.”
Since June 2016, 1,000
individuals have completed stage one of the training program, which provides them with the basic knowledge and skills to conduct
criminal information analyses. Following completion of the basic module, selected individuals will continue to study the intermediate
and advanced modules that will prepare them to be certified as criminal information analysts at a national level.
Mérida Initiative is a bilateral security cooperation agreement between Mexico and the United States. Through eight
years of implementation, the Merida Initiative has led to greater cooperation between the United States and Mexico. It has
provided tangible support to Mexico’s law enforcement and judicial institutions, helped to counteract the illegal trade
in narcotics, and strengthened border security. To date, the Mérida Initiative has delivered US$1.5 billion in equipment,
training, and capacity building assistance to the government of Mexico.
Press release, Dec. 22, 2016, Embassy of
the United States, Mexico City