Federal police and authorities reach agreement about National Guard

After hours of tense dispute, officers and authorities reached an agreement on a registry of National Guard and severance payments

Federal police and authorities reach agreement about National Guard
Officers of the Federal police in a police operation - Photo: Gustavo Salas/EL UNIVERSAL
English 05/07/2019 14:09 Notimex Mexico City Actualizada 14:16
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After a surly dialogue between authorities and discordant officers of the Federal Police, it was agreed that, from today, there will commence a register of the elements interested in joining the National Guard and other corporations, and of who would request their severance pay.

The agreement was reached before 20:00h, after several hours of intense dispute between the officers that called for compensation.

Additionally, they demanded that everything promised by the authorities was set in paper, because they would not accept propositions without a document that formally warranted them.

The agreement happened after commissioner Raúl Ávila Ibarra, head of the division of the Federal Force, and Benjamín Grajeda Regalado, chief of the Division of the Gendarmerie, talked directly to the discordant officers to clear out their doubts.

In due course, Ávila Ibarra clarified that the correct thing to do would be to negotiate the severance pay of those who, for any reason, did not want to be part of any corporation anymore, but not a compensation since that would imply drawing on a not contemplated budget.

The former was one of the elements that caused disputes between officers and authorities because they demanded an immediate solution and for the authorities to keep from dragging their feet, to which Ávila asked for time and affirmed that it would be before Saturday when they would have a concrete answer to this point.

Finally, due to the insistence of the few officers who stayed until the last moment, the authorities accepted to start, from this Friday on, the formal register and paperwork of all the officers interested in joining another corporation or those who want their severance pay.

One of the propositions is that the officers who do not want to join the National Guard must have the opportunity to join the Migration Institute, the Customs Office, the National Search Commission, or the Penitentiary System.

Many of the federal officers were still in disagreement and asserted that they would still be aware in case they have to go back to tough measures, since among their arguments is that their salary is MXN $1,000-2,500 per fortnight.

The former is an insufficient income and, if it is considered that from July 1st the operations of the Federal Police was over, they would no longer receive aids such as the risk bonus that complemented their expenses, they argued.

Nevertheless, since they did not get more answers, and upon the inevitable disappearance of the Federal Police, many officers accepted to look for the option that suits them the most starting Friday; this was through the perspective of “Get it over and done with,” remarked Luis Ojeda, one of the delegates who dialogued with the authorities.

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