Alonso Mendez

Alonso Mendez

Regional Manager

International Programs Division


Alonso Ulises Mendez joined the National Policing Institute (NPI) in August 2019 as a Regional Manager. In his role, Mr. Mendez works on grant projects awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) with the purpose of increasing the professionalism of Mexican criminal justice agencies.

Mr. Mendez’s experience in law enforcement dates back to 1996 where he worked for the State of Baja California, Mexico, in the Attorney General’s Office holding different positions, such as State Special Prosecutor for homicides, kidnapping, and organized crime, Director of Crime Investigations, Deputy Attorney General, and Interim Attorney General. He also served as Police Chief for almost 15 years in two agencies in the City of Mexicali’s Department of Public Safety, and in the State of Sonora, Mexico, Public Safety State Police. He led these agencies through the accreditation process three times, which made them the second municipal police agency in the country to achieve accreditation and the first state police agency in Mexico to be accredited. He was a member of the Advisory Board to the Executive Director of CALEA and served as the chairman of the Mexican Delegates to conduct reviews of agencies aspiring to receive CALEA accreditation. He has also been a speaker and panelist in various conferences on topics such as police integrity, how CALEA standards improve accountability, and police survival, among others.

Mr. Mendez holds a law degree from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, specializing in criminal law, and a Master’s degree in Public Safety and Public Policies. He is a certified Crisis Negotiator by the FBI and California POST and is also certified in Kidnapping Investigation and Intelligence Trends for Gangs and Organized Crime. He holds several recognitions from the FBI, DEA, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He is a member of the Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board for DARE. Mr. Mendez graduated from the FBI National Academy Session 240. He also graduated from the Police Command School from the National Commission of Safety (Mexico). Mr. Mendez is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Areas of Focus

  • CALEA accreditation
  • Police integrity
  • Crisis negotiations

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