Matt Potter 12:30 p.m., Dec. 9
Border News Translations: Education for Police; Money for Teachers
TIJUANA BC (El Sol de Tijuana, Adam Mondragón, 5/19/11) - The recruitment of young people with higher levels of education into police agencies could contribute to reduced levels of corruption within the three orders of police forces, proposed the Secretary for Education and Social Welfare (SEBS), Javier Santillán. The leader of SEBS pointed out: more preparation for members of the police forces lowers the risk of corruption within a new system of credible policing. In an interview at the end of the Becas Progreso (HS graduation) today at Escuelas of Sistema Educativo Municipal, he said grants would be made available to make this goal. The State official pointed out that the preparation of young people is essential. He stressed that for approximately 15 years, the academic level of municipal police officers was a HS education level. “Now we seek to raise the academic level of the police. Now agency officers have high school as patrolmen. A college degree is the work of intelligence", he stressed. It is worth mentioning that in Baja California we will provide the model of creditable police, which exists in this State, of officers having advanced academic training to enter the job. As well, they must pass psychometric tests. He argued that such a program (creditable police) would have the distinction where officers can be promoted within to have a "policemen's career". In conclusion, the State official reiterated that their fresh-ideas would deliver better results, thus there will be more professionals and this would constitute a less corrupt agency.
TIJUANA, BC (El Mexicano, Lucía GÓMEZ SÁNCHEZ, 5/19/11) - The school year is ending and the Sistema Educativo Estatal (SEE) has not yet provided “Recursos de Beca Progreso” (reimbursement of expenses), denounced teachers of the campus located in Colonia Libertad parte Alta. Later, the SEE said the unavailability of resources was due to a problem from changing banking institutions where funds were deposited. They said the problem would be solved. José Daniel Rodriguez Benavides, Deputy Chief of Staff noted that in the absence of funding, teachers have had to bear the costs of operating the facility. Because the State Government promotes school fees should not be paid, and they respect the initiative, but it takes money to deliver graduates. Timely delivery is urgent because during the 2010-2011 school year, teachers have had to contribute from their salary to repair lamps and the replace stolen-wire, which is constant. He noted that the administration places many obstacles in the way of getting our payments, which prevents us from solving everyday problems such as the cost of drinking water, but it has to be purchased because it is labeled. There are classrooms, meeting rooms and courtyards needing repairs, but funds to make such improvements are not covered by what we are paid, he said. Yesterday high school students demonstrated outside a campus located meters away from where the Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán participated in the graduation ceremony for the schools of the Municipal educational system. At the end of the ceremony, the Governor said he heard the demands.