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Marisol Valles — tal vez puede

18 October 2010

The Municipio of Guadalupe Distrito Bravo Praxedis G. Guerrero*  in northern Chihuahua (bordering Texas) has more than it’s share of insecurity.  The sprawling, sparsely populated municipality (more or less equivalent to a county in the United States) has been the scene of heavy fighting between the Sinaloa “cartel” and the “La Linea” gang for control of smuggling routes.  Three Guadalupe Distrito Bravo municipal officials have been murdered since the gang-war broke out in 2008.

The only candidate to step forward to command the public security force was Marisol Valles García, a twenty-year old criminology student.  The new sheriff in town (and the youngest police chief in Mexico) oversees a tiny department that at most can provide two shifts of patrol officers per community.  Chief Valles points out that her brief doesn’t call for her to fight the “drug war”, but that her force of  local patrol officers, who at most can ameliorate the ravages of criminality associated with the smuggling rings, are often the only law and order available to rural residents.

Her goals are modest — crime prevention programs for schools and neighborhoods, “neighborhood watch” type patrols and possibly more bicycle police.  And, I wouldn’t wonder,  high grades on her criminology tests.

 

* Thanks to Gio Acosta for correcting this.  I was working from a news brief, and — though the geographic name didn’t look right, I ran with what seems to be a police district code name for the area.  Still, it’s my fault for not checking the municipio name.  (26-October-2010)

17 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 October 2010 9:03 pm

    Give thanks for young people like her and pray that God helps her.

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      19 October 2010 10:38 pm

      Hope springs eternal and how many more will it take like this to bring this madness to an end.

  2. 20 October 2010 8:37 am

    One brave woman!

  3. 20 October 2010 3:26 pm

    Very proud of you, Marisol! I hope that your courage and your efforts will bear more good fruit than you could possibly imagine. I support the spirit of what you are doing, and I hope that people all over the world will emulate your brilliant example.

    Is anyone aware of contact info for the town of Guadalupe or Marisol? I’d love to share the same message with them personally!

    • 26 October 2010 12:43 am

      Hi there, I used to live in Praxedis G. Guerrero, that is the name of the town Marisol is not Guadalupe. I moved to Fabens Texas, border with that town after all the violence that fucked up my town. My e-mail is acosta-1988@hotmail.com, if you have any questions about this situation just ask! 🙂

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