|Federal Ministerial Police/Coordination of Investigation Methods Police|
Policía Federal Ministerial/Coordinación de Métodos de Investigación
|Formed||30 May 2009|
|Dissolved||March 1, 2019|
|Superseding agency||Coordinación de Métodos de Investigación|
|Headquarters||Mexico City, Mexico|
The Federal Ministerial Police (in Spanish: Policía Federal Ministerial, PFM) was a Mexican federal agency tasked with fighting corruption and organized crime, through an executive order by President Felipe Calderón. The agency was directed by the Attorney General's Office (FGR) and may have been partly modeled on the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. PFM agents in action often wore masks to prevent themselves from being identified by gang leaders. PFM agents were uniformed when they carried out raids.
"Street-level" uniformed federal police patrols and transport terminal security are handled by the service personnel of the National Guard since March 1, 2019.
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.
In November 2008, Rodolfo de la Guardia García, the No. 2 official in the AFI from 2003 to 2005, was placed under arrest as investigators looked into the possibility that he leaked information to the Sinaloa Cartel in return for monthly payments.
On 29 May 2009, the Federal Investigations Agency was restructured and renamed. On March 1, 2019, the government made plans to dissolve the Federal ministerial police as part of the plan to allow the Mexico National Guard to take over the Mexican Federal Police due to its corruption problems. It was renamed Coordinación de Métodos de Investigación as part of the Attorney General of Mexico special branch.