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I was born in Mexico City in 1962. I used to live in La Roma, portrayed in this Sunday's programme about Rudolf Giuliani. The greatest problem in Mexico is a lack of a decent pay for the public services.
Daniel, Mexico

When will Mr Giuliani be coming to Britain?
Lloyd Gibbs

To Peter: There are many joint law enforcement efforts between various Mexican and US police agencies. Such co-operation deals with issues that jointly impact both the US and Mexico. However I suspect that Mexico - as with most countries - isn't all that anxious to have the US tell it how to run its shop. Therefore it is not as simple as calling for the US to "help" its southern neighbour on what would be considered an internal matter. I would think politics and national pride would preclude such a request.

With regards to Rudy, folks, he is no longer the mayor of New York. I don't fault his business for entering into the consulting agreement. If the Mexico City government is not happy with the results, they should either seek redress or examine their own decision to enter into the contract in the first place.
Paul,

It would be nice for the Giuliani recommendations to be published - they are not on the Giuliani Partners website. The show was troubling - why were the trouble-shooters not paid through improvement bonuses?
Jeff Fouhy

I hope that something can be learned from this experience
Carlos de Leon
This was documentary film making at its best. It did not attempt to provide simple answers to a complex problem. It presented the facts of the situation without reducing it unduly. Giuliani and company appear to have delivered a series of recommendations that were not culturally specific and did not address the root of the problem. We found it fascinating.
Amory Clarke, UK

I think it's sad that both the Mexican police chiefs and the Giuliani team thought the American way would work in Mexico City. What a waste of money sending in the team. Give proper wages, equipment and training instead.
Barbara Zuniga, UK

Oh my God. Giuliani please give the money back so the police can at least buy some rice. My seven year old daughter could give the same advice for free. Maybe more focused University sessions looking into Freud or the dream states of chimps could help them to appreciate the crime psychology. Oh my God.
Steve Adamson, UK

Zero tolerance approaches have little effect other than short-term displacement of the problem
Pete, UK
You can't possibly think for a second that the strategic approach taken by Giuliani in New York could be duplicated in a place like Mexico City. It is a completely different dimension in terms of economics, culture, and social environments. I hope that something can be learned from this experience, but it would be extremely naive to expect similar results to Giuliani's experience in New York.
Carlos de Leon,

Giuliani's successes in NYC were hugely overstated because crime reduction during that period has been proved contingent upon shifting crack markets, demographic issues and firearm availability. Zero tolerance approaches have little effect other than short-term displacement of the problem. They do nothing to tackle the deeper social causes of crime and, for this reason, will not work in locations such as Mexico City.
Pete, UK

Corruption is endemic in Mexican society. I am a frequent visitor, married to a Mexican. Initially the answer would be to give the policemen better training and pay them a lot more. This would make them less corruptible as they would be making decent living.

The trouble is that the top, very powerful and richer tier of Mexican society needs a corruptible police force to hide its own crimes and inadequacies. I have heard of the police being paid off for the most horrific things and in some parts of Mexico they make thousands of dollars a month.

Giuliani's team not making their high profile recommendations at the press conference was no accident. Mexican society is rotten to the core with corruption and it suits many people at the top to keep it that way.
Michael Davies, UK

I had great hopes for this programme (nothing wrong with the programme itself), but feel completely let down on behalf of the Mexican people.

It shows up the western culture of "let us make a fortune from the deprived people who can't help themselves and in return we will give you as little as possible". Any man on the street could have produced a list of ills in Mexico City for free. The trouble is they are all fed up with the end result, so nothing has changed and nothing will.

Giuliani should have been involved much more in the city, on view and hands on. I suppose its a sign that he was paid, whatever, his fee not based on results and he would not have to go to the voters at the end of a term in office to be re-elected.

Another example of the rich at the top, the criminals at the bottom and the poor sods who pay the taxes that keep them all, stuck in the middle, hapless and helpless.
Brian Hope, UK

Britain's problems pale in comparison, and not only in relation to crime
Dan Hendry, UK
This was an impressive programme. I am a police officer in England. I look at the problems we have inside the service, but these are minor compared to the problems in Mexico. From the limited view I got from the programme, it would seem that straight away the police need more money for resources and need to pay the staff more money. The officers need to be given far more power to execute their duties and there are too many different departments working by themselves. For a country like Mexico which is next door to the richest country in the world, something is wrong. Why aren't the Americans helping them out? Somebody needs to get a grip of this.
Peter, UK

Thank you for airing this programme - it puts all of the Brits' problems into perspective. The issues raised seem to be relevant not only to Mexico but also, from what I've heard, to other Latin American countries. We should be more concerned with such serious deficiencies in other countries than we actually are. Britain's problems pale in comparison, and not only in relation to crime. If Giuliani's actions were as described in the programme, I am very disappointed, and I hope others can improve matters.
Dan Hendry, UK



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