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Deadly job: No rush to join Mexico’s new police force

Creating a new police force was one of the president’s top campaign pledges but will people join it?
Ismael Ramos poses for a photo in the metro in Mexico City
Image caption Ismael Ramos’s police patrol partner was shot dead in 2006

“He was shot 11 times and died on the street,” says Ismael Ramos of the day back in 2006 when Telésforo Ramírez was killed.

The two men were police patrol partners in Mexico City and the image of his colleague bleeding to death on the tarmac haunts him to this day.

No-one has been arrested for Officer Ramírez’s murder, something which still shocks his former colleague. “Nobody did anything,” Officer Ramos says, pointing out that the shooting is believed to have been carried out by members of a drugs gang.

“It was incredible. No-one seemed to care about his case,” he recalls of the lack of investigation.

Risky business

Telésforo Ramirez’s case is by no means unique, as most murders of police officers in Mexico go unpunished.