Lopez Obrador said they will include “professionals” such as lawyers, doctors and engineers, all with a university degree or higher. They will receive some training, he said, “but not for the use of weapons.”
Lopez Obrador’s refusal to rely on the kind of security traditionally afforded to presidents has raised concerns for his safety in a country where cartels hold sway over many parts. Famous for his austerity, he has traveled around in a plain white sedan with no bodyguards since his landslide election July 1.
The president-elect said the two had agreed to work toward the creation of a new Department of Public Security and a General Prosecutor’s Office, both of which would be federal entities. He hopes to have both in place before he takes office Dec. 1.