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All of Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras are visible on this image, as well as a considerable portion of southern Mexico (the Yucatan Peninsula).
"These areas were in the hands of the gangs," said Col Jose Lopez Raudales, a veteran army commander whose men were given a crash course in policing strategy before their deployment last month.
The maze of shanty homes - where dirt tracks pass for roads and open sewers run along walls daubed with gang graffiti and threats to kill informants - used to be a no-go zone for the security forces.
The police were too scared, too ill-equipped, too inefficient and often too complicit in gang crime to venture there.
Col Raudales has 100 troops under his command at the school, part of 1,000 military police involved in the crackdown.