Mexican Traffic Police are the Most Corrupt (AFN, 10/17/12)

Mexico City - The legendary "bite" is not the mythical Apple that Eve offered to Adam but that which occurs among Mexicans on the road and it has left an imprint in the minds of the people. It is the traffic police, considered as the most corrupt in the country. And it is an idea that does not vary, but rather seems to have come to stay, since a national survey of victimization and perceptions about 2012 public security traffic police polled the population. 83.1% saw them as the most corrupt. That same percentage was the result in a 2011 poll.

They were followed closely by Municipal Preventive Police, of which 71.6% of people see as the second most corrupt, and in third place, the Ministerial or Judicial police ranking at 69.7%, which is the same percentage as the opinion of the Public Prosecutor's Officers or Ombudsman.

No doubt the first two departments - transit and municipal, has more frequent contact with the population, but other institutions responsible for security and justice lack credibility with the population and also they consider them corrupt. Not for nothing, it is estimated that 91% of common law crimes are not reported by the population who see a lack of security as one of its most serious problems. The State police are considered corrupt by 67.4% and judges do not pass either, since 66.3% call them dishonest.

The renewed Federal Police Department is seen as corrupt by 57% of the population, two percentage points less than in the 2011 poll. The Army and Navy enjoy higher prestige among the population, although the first is considered corrupt by 22.5% and the second by 15.8%, certainly far from the traffic police and municipal officers. Source: National survey of victimization and perceptions about public safety 2012 (ENVIPE).

8 Hours of Work is More than Sufficient (AFN, 10/17/12)

Mexico City - Mexicans say they want flexible work schedules. Without going into the small but important detail of wages, the majority of Mexicans consider eight-hour shifts are sufficient, but a majority would agree that it would be better if they had more flexibility, according to responses made to pollsters of Gabinete de Comunicación Estratégica (GCE).

Interviewers made 800 telephone calls to homes in Mexico on September 21st to ask about how they feel about 8-hour work days and 91% said that they are sufficient, while only about 5% replied that they are insufficient. 6% of the women interviewed felt that they are insufficient, while 4% of men supported this thought.

Touching on the issue of flexible hours, in which a worker decides the time and hours devoted to a task, provided they comply with assigned obligations, 81.1% of Mexicans would agree to adopt them, but 16.4% would refuse, and 2.5% did not respond or said I don't know regarding the subject.


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