FNS: Twenty Percent of Detained Tijuana Motorists Offer Bribes to Police
- Twenty Percent of Detained Tijuana Motorists Offer Bribes to Police
August 25, 2003
Working with a Tijuana municipal police officer, an undercover reporter
wearing a police uniform was offered bribes by four of the twenty drivers that the
pair stopped for committing actual traffic violations. In all instances, it
was the drivers that initiated discussions of the bribes which they hoped would
get them out of inconvenient and costly tickets. The bribes ranged from
between US$10 and US$40 each.
"This is the other side of the coin, when it's society that first offers and
wants to take care of things with money," said Francisco Arellano Ortiz,
Tijuana's police commander. "Corruption is a definitive problem that must be worked
out between citizens and police," he added.
In the combined law enforcement-media operation, vehicles were pulled over by
the real police officer but first contact with the driver was made by the
journalist. The operation took place on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August
The Frontera newspaper article noted that had the bribes been accepted, the
officer-reporter would have pocketed US$100 over the two days.
One man that was pulled over for speeding in a truck, offered US$40 to avoid
the cost of a fine and the inconvenience of going to the police station. In
the end, the man was issued a ticket and held on to the money he had offered as
a bribe. He now faces a speeding ticket with a fine ranging from approximately
US$65 to US$130.
Source: Frontera (Tijuana), August 25, 2003. Article by Agustín Pérez
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