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The 7 keys to the murder of the commissioner in Zapopan

On November 13, in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, Commissioner Carlos Manuel Flores Amezcua, who held the position of Deputy Operational Director of the Zapopan Police Station, was murdered. That same day, explicit videos of his unfortunate execution were widely disseminated on social networks.

Around 10 a.m., on the terrace of the Ganik cafeteria, located on Patria Avenue, four people were seated at two different tables: a man and a woman at each table. At one of the tables, the couple appeared to be working on a laptop. When the commissioner entered the establishment, with his back to the diners, the four people pulled out their weapons and killed him, quickly fleeing the place. It is mentioned that Carlos Flores had a bodyguard, but he does not appear in any of the videos and his actions are unknown.

We do not have enough information to analyze this unfortunate event in depth, however, it is important to highlight some important elements:

1. The sheriff arrived at the site without concern and without awareness of any threat. This is evidenced by his lack of robust security, which would have been necessary had he known of the threat. Even his escort, which he is mentioned to have had, was absent. This confirms the facetious but true phrase that "if you're not paranoid, it doesn't mean you're not being followed." "Healthy" paranoia is necessary in high-risk positions such as that of the commissioner.

2. It is not known for sure why the commissioner went to that cafeteria, but according to journalistic sources, it was his usual place to have coffee. This proves once again that the victim was followed and his behavior was analyzed for a prolonged period of time, without him or his escort detecting anything.

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3. The attack occurred again in a "seam", which highlights the importance of analyzing and strengthening these key points in the operational work. This highlights the importance of analyzing and strengthening these key points in operational work.

4. The joint arrival of the protector and protégé on the scene proves useless, since at that moment not much can be done. This was even more clearly evidenced in the attack against Carlos Bildmart. It is vital that protectors be at critical locations and times well in advance of the protégé's arrival. Even if the assassins were perfectly camouflaged, the early presence of the "shadow agents" could have detected the logistical deployment of the attackers, which involved more vehicles and, according to newspaper reports, more heavily armed criminals in one of the vans.

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5. We cannot combat unconventional threats with conventional methods. If they are camouflaged, we must be too.

6. It is said that routine kills, but we know that it is not easy to eliminate certain routines from our protégés. For this reason, communication and persuasiveness with protégés must be strengthened.

7. Logistics is crucial and must be agreed with the user. In this case, it is observed that there is risk on top of risk, i.e., having routines is critical, but having them in a place as exposed as that coffee shop multiplies the risks. For criminals, ease of escape is one of the most important parts of planning an attack, as they seek to reduce their own risks. The coffee shop is located on an avenue and its location offers all the logistical advantages to the attackers, both for escape and for deploying vehicles and camouflaging others. For the protégés, carefully choosing locations, especially those frequented, is essential to reduce the risks. It is obvious that the attackers are professional and well organized, and we should not make things even easier for them by having a routine location so favorable for an attack.

In summary, this unfortunate attack adds to the sad figure of 14 executives and 29 escorts murdered in just over a year. We must change the way we operate and focus on anticipating and defusing attacks in their preparation phase and thus make our profession safer for both protectees and protectors.