Police / Tijuana Jail, Tijuana
Come on guys. I have read some rediculous things on this board. I have been coming to TJ and living in TJ since I was 14 years old. Im 46 years old now. These people paying cops are part of the problem. I have never heard of anything like what I am reading here. "I hear they dont pay the police in tijuana" where did you hear that? The cop took $300 out of my wallet for having a LEGAL prescription and "LET" me leave. Let me tell you what happens in Mexico when you get stopped for a shake down. Im not talking about when you are actually breaking the law, I am talking about when they are shaking you down or making up reasons to arrest you. This is what we call a scare tactic. 100% of the time if you are polite and insist on going to the police station even after all the threats and BS they will let you go. Sometimes even after you commit a minor infraction. Why you ask? If they take you to the police station and fill out the paperwork and transport you they are missing out on all the momney they get from the morons that pay the bribes. That is why they let you go. If you break a serious law you better pay up.
I'm not mexican and hardly speak any spanish, but have been living in the beautiful country for about 4+ years, I've personally resisted/abated a TJ Police "shakedown" before and it was over burning some yard clippings in my private yard. I told them I needed to lock up and I'll go with them to pay the fine, the cops looked at each other and told me to stop burning stuff and left. If the TJ police tell you, you did something wrong, ask if you can go with them to the station to pay the fine and that you're cooperating 100% and want to make sure the money goes to the people of the estatel de Mexico. Asides from that, no, Mexico is not a free for all and no you can't act like a total *** like in Panama City during spring break. The locals here are deathly afraid of their law enforcement and they should be. If you get arrested please understand you're in serious trouble at that point, so try to avoid getting arrested at all costs. Remember, Mexican law can work in your favor too and as a US citizen visiting/living in Mexico you can access the legal process and file a complaint against anyone while in Mexico that has commited a crime against you. http://www.pgr.gob.mx/denuncia/denuncia.asp Yes, you can demand justice from the Mexican Justice system. Just understand and respect their legal process and you'll be fine.
I read a few reviews and see that most of the affected, are not hispanic?
regardless,,, I just want to let everyone know that cops in tijuana/mexico don't care wether you are black, white, mexican, female, male, or senior.... all they truly care about is getting as much money in their hands as possible from you or anyone for that matter.
I'm a San Diego native, both parents mexican so this makes me mexican, I speak perfect English & Spanish.
I got pulled over for "tinted windows" I didn't run a stop sign nor was I driving above speed limit. Simply because I had tinted windows! As a respectful being, I thought if I'd ask for my infraction I would get a "ticket" and pay it as noted on there. NO ,,,,, I was wrong. Long story short they read some "rights" from a black long book...stating how I had broken the law by driving with tinted windows. I only had $14dls in cash and didn't want to offer that because I know it's too little for these money starving bastards. These officials said they had to tow my car and I could pick up at 9am when the offices open the next day. I then pleaded for help from them saying I had to go to the US since my kids go to school in the morning etc. (they don't care) they left me for an hour waiting (since I was trying to get help but my phone would lose signal (at&t) off and on. With no success I had no option but to offer to go to ATM and give 160$ since I didn't have more to give them. They said it was too late, that since "I asked for my infraction" initially so they were giving it to me.... they said if I would have offered $ in the beginning they would have been able to help me. They wanted $400!!!! Like really!? I then took out all my belongings because I know they are WELL KNOWN FOR TAKING THINGS THAT DON'T BELONG TO THEM...(so you know they don't care at all, they left me at 11:30PM in a dark non lit street for me to look for a cab, but i'm 110% sure if I would've flirted with these pigs I would've gotten away initially, I have dignity and self respect unlike most of these mexican a hole cops) the authorities are ***ty in Tijuana! Tinted windows really?! come on! where is a fix a ticket? They really thought since they saw me as a female alone with a newer model vehicle I was going to give them 400$ they make me laugh as much as *** me off. Its ppl like those that make mexico a piece of crap visiting for tourist. I just got back from paying the fine for driving with tinted glass $400PESOS + Tow $700PESOS (less than $100dls) I hold pride in not giving the piece of crap cops money$!
TiP: ACT LIKE YOU ARE BROKE AND ARE GOING THROUGH FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. LIEEEEE ABOUT WORK, SAY YOU ARE A MCDONALDS EMPLOYEE OR IN THE CLEANING BUSINESS. APOLOGIZE INITIALLY AND ACT SO INNOCENT. DON'T OFFER $ IMMEDIATELY (THEY CAN TAKE U IN FOR SUBORNING). INSTEAD, ASK THEM FOR HELP I THINK THAT'S THEIR WAY OF TAKING MONEY.
HIDE VALUES/PURSES/PHONES BEFORE THEY GET TO YOUR WINDOW. RECORD IF YOU CAN! LITTLE BY LITTLE THESE SHAMELESS MONEY STARVING UNHUMAN ASSWIPES NEED TO BE UNMASKED.
or avoid this by not going, sadly. cuz it is a different world...it would be nice to go have a good meal, sight see and not have to deal with the border wait in the first place and then with these thieves.
Do not carry too much money in your pockets. Yesterday I was searched by the police and they robbed me $200.I reported it to the tourist office (revolucion and 2nd).Otherwise, I went many times to Tijuana including zona norte and never had any problem.
No lleve demasiado dinero en sus bolsillos. Ayer fue allanada por la policía y me robaron $ 200.Io reporte a la oficina de turismo (revolucion y 2 º). De lo contrario, fui muchas veces a Tijuana incluyendo zona norte y nunca tuve ningún problema
I will not share what happened to me but if you are pulled over for any reason call your consulate or embassies emergency number immediately from your own phone make sure to give them the number of the police truck or car that pulls you over immediately. If you are arrested for any reason you will not be given a phone call despite the fact that they are required by law to give you one. Call your embassies emergency number from your own phone and give them as many details as you can as quickly as you can BEFORE you are arrested or are taken to a cash machine. I suggest you program the number in your phone (not the regular number but the emergency one) and I suggest you test it at least twice once you are in Mexico. Always register your trip with your Embassy.
Report all incidents to the Foreign Relations Affairs Office as soon as possible
If you are not doing something that you shouldnt be doing and are stopped by any police officer the first thing that you MUST do is get the number that is on the side of the police vehicle, if you are in any way afraid since you are not doing anything wrong use your cell phone to call 066 which is just like the US 911. Once the operator answers give them the your location and the number of the police vehicle that has stopped you. Explain that you are not from here and are afraid do the fact that you were not doing anything wrong. By the time the police get to your car they will have been contacted by their supervisor who will also be on their way to your location. Do not hang up with the operator stay on the phone. By doing this you will not be bothered or mistreated in any way. Always stay calm and do not offer any money. If any police officer takes money from you by scare tactics go directly to the sindicatura and report them , you can also do it online and will get results. Any money taken will be returned to you. All you have to do is look at things from a different point of view and will get a better understanding of why the police are the way they are. Since there is so much drug activity going on in Tijuana being the border thousands of US citizens cross the border to buy drugs and do illegal things. The police see this everyday and since they also do not get paid all that well and see people go in and out of jail like nothing they have over the years figure why not get paid and avoid all the hassle of taking the people to jail for little things. The police are human just like anyone else and with time know when someone is bullsh tting them or not. Before traveling to anywhere that you are not familiar with investigate the laws and find out what and what not is legal. I have lived in Tijuana since 94 and only once had a run in with the police by error and by dialing 066 and speaking with the operator I had no problem.
i am an american walking through the streets of Tijuana late at night with two local friends. For no reason two local police officers exited their police vehicle, approached me and started searching me. They said I threw something on the ground (I didn't) and accused me of having drugs. They found nothing but hand cuffed me and took me away in their squad car. My friends pleaded with them to no avail. They drove me around city, driving erratically and after about an hour or so they took me to the jail. My local friends were waiting for me outside and tried to give them some pesos but they wouldn't take it and escorted me in hand cuffs inside which was a nightmare. The cells are maxed out with people crammed in like sardines. The next morning I was taken to see a "judge" in a dirty dark room with no windows. Luckily I speak Spanish and said the trumped up charges were ridiculous. I ended up dropping the name of a well known Mexican saying we were friends and they let me go immediately without paying anything. The people in TJ are not afraid of the narcos. They are afraid of the local police and so should anyone visiting there. You see them on every street corner and they are the one you need to be afraid of. No oversight and paid low wages.
My wife and I were in Rosarito Beach and we were coming back to our bed and breakfast. We had only been there for two days and were having trouble negotiating the free road Benito Juarez from the Tijuana Cuota....there seemed to be very few onramps to the cuota as we drove north on the Benito Juarez "free road". Soon we were approaching the outskirts of Tijuana and realized we were too far north and in our confusion we were driving slowly and probably erratically, looking for a frickin way over to the cuota. Well as luck would have it, a Tijuana Police truck "lit up" our brand new car with the American California plates and we pulled over. The police officer said that he suspected me of driving under the influence of alcohol and i told him i was merely confused because it was dark and i was in an unfamiliar area with little lighting and even worse road signs and i was merely driving cautiously. Nevertheless, he insisted that i was drunk and told me that the penalty was $500 and a felony for drunk driving and that it was his word against mind and we were in his country. "Lucky for me" we could settle this with a "fine" of $100 and he and his partner would escort me to the "Cuota or Toll Road" back to our Bed and breakfast in San Antonio del Mar near Rosarito Beach. I told the officer, who identified himself as Arturo Hernandez, that I didn't have $100 in cash on me and he said that it was no problem because he and his partner could escort us to the nearest Pemex station where i could withdraw the $100 from the atm and pay the fine. "how Nice"....so ....we did it...he was very cordial and even chatted up my wife while i went into the station to use that ATM. When i handed him the money, he said thank you and as he got into the Police truck, he and his partner waved goodbye to us. how sweet...We were robbed but only for $77 as the machine only gave me the opportunity to pull one thousand pesos which equals $77 as of this writing. So i guess we got off easy....
I'm just happy that we were able to help the wheels of justice turn in Tijuana...what a pleasant surprise. Next time we will spend our money NOT IN ROSARITO BEACH B.C., but in someplace other than Mexico. Good job Mexicans, you did it again. Another american family with means who will never spend another dollar in your country. Keep up the good work.
stay away from tijuanas police they are not helpful in anything except in taking gifts from you , if you get robbed dont bother reporting it nothing will happen and dont , argue with them for any reason even if you are right , otherwise you will end up in jail for no reason,
Over the years the Tijuana Cop has suffered a pretty sordid reputation and I would never say it was without foundation.
However, though I did bribe a traffic cop by accident once, and even with that exception, I have always been treated politely, fairly and with respect whenever I've had an occasion to "interact" with the Tijuana Police. Over a forty year period, this has happened several times for various reasons. The last time, I had to get two young men out of the Tijuana Jail, charged with underage drinking and it cost nothing more than 30 minutes of my time.
Every horror story I've heard about the mistreatment from the cops in Tijuana the "victim" was either belligerent, drunk or both. That should be a clue.
The officer you see here, gave permission to be photographed, his job was to keep peace on Avenida Revolucion and he did it well.
In the past few years there have been many stories, real and third or fourth hand or made-up that the drug cartels have made Tijuana a dangerous place to be. Though the actual crimes rarely ever spilled into the tourists areas of Tijuana, these reports have actually had a huge impact on tourist businesses here. So many places have had to close their doors and thousands are now without a job.
Finally, the Mexican Government has sent in the Federales and much of the crime has been cleaned up. I hope business picks-up soon!!
It's said that Tijuana Police (Policia) Officers are very friendly and helpful. On the other side I heard that Mexican police is corruptive and often want to rip especially foreign and rich hehe (US) visitors. Fortunately I was not forced to check it :-).
But if... call as you can see on my picture: 066 664 638 5218. Hmm... don't they have something easier to remember, he?
Oh, they have: police emergency number is 134, remember: 134
I have been going to tijuana very often for the last 7 months to visit my girlfriend and fortunally I have never had any problems with the police although my girlfrien says that TJ cops are very corrupted and they can stop me for no reason, they can make something up to get some money from me $20. will probably get me out of trouble, my suggestions are not to drink and drive, stay in a hotel very close to restaurants and bars, preffer in plaza rio tijuana area, away from downtonwn tj, be really carefull when I travel back and for to the border, planned ahead your way around to the city, obbey all traffic signals; If you get stoped for no reason get cops names and later report them to procuraduria general de turismo in tj, this will help to some day stop this corruptions. To finalized this messages in July 2010, 60 police officers have been encarcelated charged with corruption, extorsionist, drugs affiliation and kidnapting. Thanks God this cops started to pay for some of the damadge they have done to all of us....
I am a native New Yorker who took a trip to LA and then to San Diego Jan. 14-Feb 1st.
I was staying in Hotel Circle when I was tempted to hop on the trolly at Mission Station in the Mission Valley. As I stood on the platform I overheard a group of German tourists saying they were "taking this train to Mexico"! I was shocked and didnt realize that a subway/trolly could take me to Mexico. I recently saw "Gone with the Wind" and remember Rhett Butler telling Scarlett O'Hara "Lets go To Mexico".. SO I figured if it was good enough for Clarke Gable it would be good enough for me...Well I took the Trolly and when I arrived at the border and went through customs a barrage of taxi drivers were harassing me. Cat Calls, telling me to go with them; it was a fiasco. I didnt think it could get any worse. After driving maybe 5 minutes the Cab driver asked me for additional $10 for Gas and border security as he had tinted windows, which I thought was unreasonable. I shopped along the Revoluzione and gave money to a little girl wearing a brown hat with pig tails. I shopped mostly buying sterling silver jewelry as they have designs in Mexico that arent in US. Before it got dark around 4:30 I headed back to the US/Mexican Border. As I was walking I remember hearing not to walk past dark, and I bought a bottle of pepper spray behind the cash register of a Spanish bodega. I felt like the moment I left that store to the 20 minute walk I was being followed. As I approached the border 2 Husky, Mean looking Mexican policemen told me to show them my Passport. When I did this they asked me why the photo didnt look like me, and I said Im blonde now, but I was brunette in the pic 6 years ago when it was taken. I knew they were 1) Trouble and 2) Didnt like Americans the minute I saw them. They searched thru my bag and found my only bottle of Clonozapam (anti-Anxiety Medication which was in an old medicine bottle with the paper rubbing out the doctors & My name, etc. They thought it was ecstacy, and I told them "No its for anxiety. They took my medicine away from me, and put the bottle into a ziplock bag. Then they came across my pepper spray that I bought, and also gave a test shot to see if it worked. They made such a huge fiasco over the Mace, they convinced me it was worse than a knife. Also in my bag, They accused me of stealing the sterling silver rings from a vendor by using the pepper spray. They told me it was illegal to have it and they grabbed my wrists, tightly put on handcuffs over my wrists, and said "we're going to the downtown now and your going to jail, and will be forced to pay a FINE for your activities, it will cost at least $200.", you're carrying a weapon." As we were walking, they started to fill out a piece of paper on a clipboad, documenting what they found as "contraband". I was afraid they would use the pepper spray on me. I tried to comply, reluctantly. I asked if I could pay the fine now. They took away the Sterling Silver from me and my bottle of Clonazapam and I asked them what it would cost and I gave the officer $200 USD, and signed my name where they told me, (well, forced me. Then they walked back towards downtown and disappeared in the crowd. I dont know if they were really cops or not. I want to believe that they were otherwise that bumpersticker "Jesus loves you, everyone ELSE thinks you're an ***" would right now be true! I told the customs officer on the US side what had just happened and he said "it sounds like BS." The National Guard needs to get involed here!! As for me, watching re-runs of "Bonanza!" is the only thing Mexican I want to see!
Went to TJ to purchase some antibiotcs - which is perfectly legal without a prescription - Walked over to gawk in the Zona Roja area just for kicks. Stopped off at one of the Taco stands for an AWESOME taco and this "Undercover Cop" starts talking to me - in perfect English - and begins to tell me his life's story.
Claims his name was Robert, his father paid for his English lessons, his wife is a blonde hair and green eyed American, he has dual citizenship and three kids eldest was 18, youngest 6.
Totally caught me off guard, warmed up to me, then once he cornered me away from people told me I purchased my drugs illegally and that each pill is worth 30 days in jail - I had 6 pills.
Or, I could hand over my cash and cell phone and he'd let me go - but I could keep the pills.
"Robert" is about 5'11" tall approximately 190lbs, mustache, black hair, brown eyes, most likely dressed in jeans and a polo shirt and hangs around the taco cart in the Zona Roja district.
I wish I had a picture to warn others who to look out for.
We were leaving TJ on foot after an absolutely fun day. The three of us were walking back across toward the US border up that concrete ramp. I saw three "cops" . They didn't look very "professional". My buddy was a few steps behind me and these "cops" stopped him. At that time he sort of called out for me to wait up. I then turned around and started to walk back down the ramp toward those "TJ cops". As soon as they saw me turn around they immediately told him to "go on". Kinda scary. I doubt they were real TJ cops. I dunno.
He, I, and his wife had the best time down there. We always hear about the negative things about TJ but we had a total BLAST! .... until that little episode. I am way more afraid of the phony cops than any of the natives we encountered. We went way off the touristo circuit venturing into downtown on a saturday market day. Those "cops" make me not want to go back.
The day prior we went to Tecate. That was really cool. Free beer at the brewery. Again, walk across, so much fun. The folks are beyond cool!!