Felicidades y buena suerte a Marisol Valles García, the new police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, Mexico. Valles García, 20, is a college student (reading crimology) and the mother of a young child.
The ongoing drug wars in Chihuahua (and elsewhere) have resulted in deaths, including that of the last chief of Praxedis G. Guererro, and there’s no reason to think that Valles García isn’t at real risk. But rather than ramping up punitive measures, she’s taking a different tack, by using a “mostly female, unarmed force to patrol the streets and focus on social programs in schools and community-building.”
As anxious as this experiment makes me, I have to respect her (and her force) for the kind of bravery and social conscience I’d be hard-pressed to summon now, and couldn’t have imagined as a 20-year old.
Pics and more from the CSM.