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Introduction: Gringo Crimebusters (01:23)


Mexico City is one of the most crime-ridden cities in the West, with more than 3,000 offenses committed every day. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his team want to clean up the streets of Mexico’s largest city.

Crime and Law Enforcement (03:54)

Leoma Silva feels anxious when riding the bus at night. She fears being robbed or assaulted in La Roma. About 250 policemen patrol the area, but police have limited power and are often viewed as dishonest and corrupt.

Police Department Issues (01:56)

La Roma’s police force operates from an old dairy. The police are ill-equipped, their uniforms do not match, and 20% do not arrive for their shifts. A nearby park is a haven for prostitutes and drug dealers.

Crime and Poverty (02:44)

Despite close proximity to police headquarters, there have been 24 break-ins in less than three years on Silva’s street. Officers Fantasma and Pinocho do not make enough to rent an apartment in the cheapest part of town.

Crime Fighting (03:20)

Police Chief Marcelo Ebrard turns to Giuliani for help. Giuliani receives over $4 million to provide answers. During his time as New York City Mayor, crime reduced by 63%.

Organizational Imperfections (06:28)

Bernard Kerik of Giuliani Partners discusses the department’s technical shortcomings and organizational dysfunction. Chronic under-funding means six out of 10 patrol cars in La Roma need repairs; officers must pay for repairs with private funds.

Zero-Tolerance Approach (03:28)

Giuliani's approach in New York focused on minor offenses and clearing the streets of the homeless. Alvarez and other citizens patrol the park in La Roma with dogs. Fantasma and Pinocho discuss ramshackle conditions at police headquarters.

Awaiting Recommendations (03:32)

Guiliani's team has yet to deliver recommendations. The police chief offers $230 and food parcels for every arrest officers make. Arturo Alvarez believes the park in La Roma is getting worse.

Compounding Law Enforcement Problems (02:14)

Mexico City police have a backlog of paperwork nine months into the Giuliani project. Alvarez tries unsuccessfully to turn over video evidence of crimes at a neighborhood watch meeting. Police frisk male bus passengers.

Police Press Conference (05:09)

Ebrard calls a conference to discuss recommendations from Giuliani’s team. In New York, Kerik claims the American consultants were not invited to the event. Fantasma and Pinocho say nothing has changed as a result of the Giuliana project.

Police Attendance and Training (02:32)

Police must sign a register at the start of their shift. A team of inspectors makes a surprise appearance. Fantasma and Pinocho attend a training course; it is not what they expected.

Park Raid (02:45)

The anti-graffiti squad raids the park in La Roma, but their only arrest is a member of Alvarez’s vigilante squad. Alvarez decides to leave the neighborhood. Silva’s family ventures to the park for the first time in two years.

Was the Giuliani Project Worth It? (04:26)

Pinocho is disappointed Giuliani never returned to Mexico City and becomes speechless when learning how much money the former New York mayor received. Crime continues to rise in La Roma.

Credits: Gringo Crimebusters (00:44)

Credits: Gringo Crimebusters

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Mexico City is one of the most lawless cities in the western hemisphere in 2003. Of more than 5,000 crimes committed every day, only 10% are reported and just 10% of those lead to a conviction. Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, becomes Mexico City's latest weapon against murder and corruption. Many Mexicans baulk at the $4.3 million plus expenses Giuliani's firm charges for services, and the police, among others, are reluctant to cede control. Giuliani cut New York City's crime rate by 65%. Can he do the same for Mexico City?

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL185436

ISBN: 978-1-64623-915-3

Copyright date: ©2003

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