Genaro García Luna

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Genaro García Luna in 2012.

Genaro García Luna (born July 10, 1968, in Mexico City) is a Mexican politician and engineer. He served as Secretary of Public Security in the federal cabinet.

He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) and a Diploma Course in Strategic Planning at the Accountancy and Administration Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).[citation needed]


His training includes specialization from security and intelligence agencies in the United States, Spain, Israel, France, Colombia and Japan.[citation needed]

In 1989, he started his career in intelligence at the Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional (Center for National Security and Investigation, CISEN), where he was responsible of Counterintelligence and Terrorism.

In 1998, he became the Coordinator General for Intelligence of the Preventive Federal Police, where he designed the conceptual framework for intelligence areas and their executive integration.[citation needed]

In 2000, after winning the position in an open contest, he was named Director for Planning and Operation for the Federal Judicial Police, where he began a re-engineering process for the agency. It included new administrative structures, operational concepts, and incorporating cutting edge information systems. This process made way for the Federal Investigation Agency.[citation needed]

In 2001 was designated founder and Director General of the Agencia Federal de Investigación (Federal Investigation Agency, In his administration, this agency received the INNOVA 2005 award for its practice of “Real-Time Kidnap Investigation”, and the ISO 9001:2000 certification for 33 of its procedures in different areas.

On December 1, 2006, Genaro Garcia-Luna became Secretary of Public Security of México. Since then, he founded the Federal Police Force which began operating on June 2009, under the New Police Model, designed by him.[citation needed]

In April 2011, Garcia-Luna became president of the XXVIII International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC); which World Summit was held in Mexico.

He is the author of “Contra el crimen: ¿Por qué 1,661 corporaciones de policía no bastan? Pasado, Presente y Futuro de la Policía en México” (2006) [Against Crime: Why 1,661 police forces are not enough. Past, Present and Future of Police in Mexico], where he first laid out the basic concepts of that New Police Model for Mexico, placing the emphasis on the importance of intelligence tasks, and “El Nuevo Modelo de Seguridad para México” (2011), which indicates what are the considerations and the state vision to confront a national priority.


Foreign governments, police forces and security and intelligence agencies recognize his work and have granted him different awards and decorations, like the following:

• Order of Police Merit, Red Distinctive, form the Government of Spain for his participation in investigation and police cooperation between Spain and Mexico (October, 2001).[citation needed]

• Award from the United State’s Attorney Office, Western Texas District, U.S. Department of Justice (October, 2003).[citation needed]

• Insignia Medal from Policía Nacional de Ecuador (Ecuador’s National Police) in recognition to his valuable contributions to the Agregaduria de la Policia (Police Attaché) and therefore to the Policía Nacional de Ecuador.[citation needed]

• Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Justice, for investigations and arrests of fugitives (September, 2004).[citation needed]

• Silver Distinction from INTERPOL’s General Secretariat.[citation needed]

• Award from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)., U.S. Department of Justice, for his contributions on drugs traffic combat (June, 2005).[citation needed]

• Certification from the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) (April, 2006).[citation needed]

• Award from the United States Department of Homeland Security for his support to the bi-national initiative ‘Bulk Cash Smuggling’, that allowed the seizure of over 51 million dollars (May, 2006).[citation needed]

• Merit Medal in the Exceptional Category, awarded by the Colombian Government, for his prominent support to the Policía Nacional de Colombia (National Police of Colombia). (May 2011).[citation needed]

Links to organized crime[edit]

In her 2010 book Los Señores del Narco, Anabel Hernández accuses Genaro García Luna of heavy involvement with Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.[1] Luna allegedly threatened to have her killed for her journalism work.[2]

In 2012, Mexican-American drug trafficker Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "La Barbie," admitted that he and organized crime groups regularly paid bribes to García Luna and several other high-ranking federal police officers, including Édgar Eusebio Millán Gómez, Luis Cárdenas Palomino, Victor Gerardo Garay Cadena and Facundo Rosas Rosas.[3][4]

García Luna has been questioned and unable to explain his personal wealth, including $2.8 million worth of real estate in Mexico City and Morelos and properties in the Dominican Republic, which would be unaffordable on a Mexican civil servant's salary.[5] In response, García Luna illegally detained two television journalists and three Reporte Indigo newspaper employees who had reported on his wealth. He threatened to sue Reporte Indigo, but never did.[6]

See also[edit]


  • ¿Por qué 1,661 corporaciones de policía no bastan? – Pasado, Presente y Futuro de la Policía en México. Primera Edición, abril de 2006 (Impreso en México / Derechos Reservados). ISBN 970-03-2089-8 / Copyright © 2006 Ing. Genaro García Luna
  • Para entender: El Nuevo Modelo de Seguridad para México. Primera Edición: Nostras Ediciones, 2011 ( ISBN 978-607-7603-76-4 / Copyright © 2011 Nostra Ediciones S.A. de C.V. (Ing. Genaro García Luna)


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