Police / Tijuana Jail, Tijuana
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
As I know in Tijuana you maybe arrested for:
- Drinking alcohol on any public way
- Disturbing the peace of other persons
- Carring or using firearms
- Possession or comsumption of any kind of drug
Prostitution (although not recommended) is legal unless at age under 18.
We were running low on funds, and found ourselves a decent ATM. As we are getting money out, TWO cop cars pull up and grab us! They throw us on the hood of the car and demand to know why we are taking money out!
"Drugs, Hombre?!" "You buy drugs?!"
"NO Sir!" We were then searched right then and there!!!
Fortunately we were a little tipsy and my friend forgot the conversion rate and took out what he thought was 100 dollars US. In fact, he took out 100 pesos, about 10 bucks!!! The cops didn't even want it and told us to run for the border before they arrested us!
Well... when in Tijuana... RUN!!!
Looking back to the days when I first started coming to TJ vice today? The police have cleaned up much, and the days of shakedowns have pretty much come to a halting stop! Although there are many scammers impersonating police waiting in dark alleys and along the route back to the border.
So be careful, and if they are police, they will insist on having you report to the police department. The smart thing would be, don't be stupid! Common things that lead to citations in TJ from tourist!
1. Urinating in Public!
2. Sex in the streets, parking lots, public area
3. Unconscious in the street
4. Fighting other tourist!
5. Not paying bills
Several years ago the TJ Police were mugging the Tourists so bad that the Mexican Govt had to bring in the Federal Police to watch the local police. It is that bad again.
I've been stopped twice to pay bribes. The first time I was scared to death the second I knew the routine. They are going to find something about you or on you that "breaks Mexican law" but you can pay the fine if you do not "wanna go to jail homes".
I travel all over the World and I've never been to a place that is so rife with corruption. I mean, Thailand has the "Coffee or Tea Donations" to the police but they make you feel like you are giving to a charity without threat. In Mexico the Police practically mug you in plain view and have no style about it. They are just gutter scum thieves and thugs. I feel safer anywhere in the World (that includes some Arab countries) than TJ.
It is why your economy sucks! It is why half of Revolution is boarded and closing up! It is why you have to play Ads on the radio to beg tourists to come to Mexico! Hey, be honest in your tourism ads - tell how many US tourists go missing, are kidnapped, or are murdered in your ****hole of a country by the MEXICAN POLICE! Tijuana you suck!
Tips. Go in the light of day. Always take a taxi where ever you go. Always keep on eye on the cops where ever you are. Always hide your money in a sock. Better yet - stop going to Mexico all together until Mexico gets their **** together and joins the civilized World. Did I mention always keep an eye on the cops?
I have been traveling to TJ for years. I have never had any real problems until recently. I was stopped 3 times and forced to pay a "fine" in a police car or be brought to jail simply jaywalking from a bar to my hotel. I also saw the police "rounding up" young girls who were not prostitutes. I talked to the locals and they said that 200 police have been added and that fines are now common because TJ does not pay its Police Dept. I strongly advise anyone going to TJ to reconsider. I will not be going back
I was in Tijuana recently and after coming out of a shop I was stopped by two policemen. The first they said to me was that i bet a woman up! They searched me and I had antibiotics for a flu which i had a prescription for.
They said to me it was an illegal drug and taken me to see the police doctor, i was handcuffed driven around and then they stopped near the border took the handcuffs off me and told me i had two choices pay the fine or go back to the police station.
I had $140 on me they robbed me of $130 and gave me ten dollars to get back to sandiego
i would never visit mexico again
if stopped look for is the number of the police vehicle. . If any cop ever takes money from you report them to the sindicatura. You can find an online form to fill out at Tijuana.gob.mex. Dont be rude but just tell them you prefer to see the judge and let him handle the matter. Never report a cop to a cop do it thru 066 or the sindicatura. If they stop you ask for a ticket if you really did violate a traffic law. IF you are a tourist stay in the tourist areas and dont venture out in the colonias especially walking. At night and even during the day they have what they call operativos where they drive around in vans with the van doors open with cops just waiting to jump out and grab the first person they see that looks good. The safest way to come to tijuana in a group and take a taxi from the border straight to where you need to go. As long as you are in a taxi you wont have any problems. It is worth the 5dlls. If you are coming for lets put it a good time the taxi drivers will know where you can find that good time and have your good time without being harrased by the cops. They will also wait for you while you are having your good time to make sure you get back to any other destination you needed to go. Right now there is no law in tijuana. The cops do as they please. How do I know. Because I have lived here now for over 12 years. What ever you do stay away from the temptation of buying drugs if thats your thing. The people selling downtown are hooked up with the cops and as soon as they sell you something more than likely you will get picked up. once again any time you have any contact with any cop look for the number of the vehicle they are driving.
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.
It goes without saying: Behave yourself in Tijuana. Most of the stories about corrupt cops may very well not be true, but why would you take the chance to find out? Tijuana cops, for the most part, are used to seeing arrogant and irreverent Americans getting drunk in their streets. It doesn't mean they have to tolerate anything beyond getting drunk.
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.
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'm a 25 year old doctor and was recently in San Diego for a conference with my boss (who is a 40 year old surgeon). We decided to go down to Tijuana and have a look around. Within 5 minutes of crossing the border we were pulled over by traffic cops. We were stopped in the middle of traffic and had alledgedly indicated incorrectly even though we were hardly moving. They took my license (Australian) and then asked us to follow them around the corner were they questioned us further. After some (polite) arguing back and forth they let us go with a warning.
Later on in the day (after putting up with being asked to go into every bar on revolution st) we were trying to leave and missed the turn off to san diego. We got pulled over by a motorbike cop who threatened to arrested me (I was pretty pissed off), before playing a big power trip over us then letting us go. It was pretty scary.
(We did stumble into a cafe away from the main drag where the people were really nice and looked after us).
I'd recommend avoiding Tijuana and going somewhere in San Diego instead.
Don't drive in Tijuana period.
A cop on a motorbike stopped me and accused me of not stopping when he claims another police officer signed me to stop.
I was on my in to the San Diego border and I missed the exit lane to the US border due to traffic so I kept going and I would make my rounds again to do another try. Suddenlly a cop on a motorbike followed me, then he overtaken me, make a right. I kept going, looking for the next street so I can make a right to the way to the US border.
The same cop followed me again and this time he gave a signe to pull over. He ask me if I'm able to attend a hearing for traffic violation. I said give me the ticket and I will mail the fine. He said thats not possible. It is either I pay now or he has to take me to an office which I dont know where.
I asked him how much the fine and he replied $85.00. My girlfriend and my other friend manage to produce $90.00. I gave to the police officer and as soon as I gave him the money.
He said,"there will be nothing reported to DMV, your car rental wont be notified, dont anything to your goverment and I will give an escort to the border.
When I get back to work I told this stories to my co-workers which some of them were Mexicans. They have told me some of them have the same experience. A coworkwer said they went to Ensada, Mexico and the cop pulled him over and their car had been search and he end up paying $160.00.
Another Mexican coworker said he was charge for peeing the alley. Him and his brother were asked to either pay or spend the weekend in jail. They dont want to pay so the cop took them in jail and he said as soon as he saw the police beating the people in jail.He paid the $120.00 for him and his brother and they got out there quickly.
Another co worker, he said, a cop seached him in one of the Tijuana bars. Took all the money his got. Poor guy he has to walk from Revolucion to the border.