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Federal Ministerial Police

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The Federal Ministerial Police (in Spanish: Policía Federal Ministerial, PFM) is a Mexican federal agency tasked with fighting corruption and organized crime, through an executive order by President Felipe Calderón. The agency is directed by the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and may have been partly modeled on the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. PFM agents in action often wear masks to prevent themselves from being identified by gang leaders. PFM agents are uniformed when carrying out raids.

Federal Ministerial Police
Policía Federal Ministerial
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Agency overview
Formed30 May 2009; 10 years ago (2009-05-30)
Preceding agency
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyMexico
Operations jurisdictionMexico
Constituting instrument
General nature
HeadquartersMexico City, Mexico

Website (Spanish)

"Street-level" uniformed federal police patrols and transport terminal security are handled by the service personnel of the National Guard.


It was formed in 2009 as a reform and renaming of the Federal Investigative Agency (Agencia Federal de Investigación or AFI) which had replaced an earlier agency, the Federal Judicial Police. Some agents of the Federal Investigations Agency were believed to work as enforcers for the Sinaloa Cartel. The Attorney General's Office reported in December 2005 that 1,500 of 7,000 AFI agents — nearly 25% of the force — were under investigation for suspected criminal activity and 457 were facing charges.[2][3]

In November 2008, Rodolfo de la Guardia García, the No. 2 official in the AFI from 2003–2005, was placed under arrest as investigators looked into the possibility that he leaked information to the Sinaloa Cartel in return for monthly payments.[4]

On 29 May 2009, the Federal Investigations Agency was restructured and renamed.[5]


  • Chief of the Federal Ministerial Police
  • General Sheriff Investigator
  • Chief Sheriff Investigator
  • Coordinator Sheriff Investigator
  • General Inspector Investigator
  • Chief Inspector Investigator
  • Officer Inspector Investigator
  • "A" Class Investigator
  • "B" Class Investigator
  • "C" Class Investigator


  • General Directorate of Ministerial and Judicial Mandates
  • General Directorate of Special Security Services and Protection of Persons
  • General Directorate of Police Investigation In Support of Mandates
  • General Directorate of International Police Matters - Interpol
  • General Directorate of Communications Center
  • General Directorate of Technical Support and Logistic


AR-15A3 Tactical Carbine

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Cook, Colleen W., ed. (October 16, 2007). "CSR Report for Congress" (PDF). Mexico's Drug Cartels. USA: Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  3. ^ "Crime-torn Mexican 'FBI' Investigates 1,500 Agents," Reuters, December 4, 2005; Tim Gaynor and Monica Medel, "Drug Gangs Corrupt Mexico's Elite 'FBI,'" Reuters, December 6, 2005; and, Laurie Freeman, State of Siege: Drug-Related Violence and Corruption in Mexico, Washington Office on Latin America, June 2006.
  4. ^ "Mexico's corruption inquiry expands to ex-police official". Associated Press. November 7, 2008. Archived from the original on November 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  5. ^ Jorge Ramos Pérezy Maria de la Luz González (30 May 2009). "Surge la Policía Federal Ministerial". El Universal. Retrieved 18 September 2014.

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