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Mexico to Create New Police Force
Posted on Dec 18, 2012
“Mexicans want peace,” said new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as he announced the establishment of a national police force for combating crime, violence and drug gangs.
The militarized force, starting at 10,000 officers and growing to as many as 40,000, will take over the job from the military. He said the body will include 15 federal police units.
Some of Pena Nieto’s critics say the supposed change is an extension of his predecessor’s policies, which killed 60,000 people after troops were deployed in 2006.
“I see a lot of continuity despite the implict and explicit criticism that was made,” security analyst Alejandro Hope told The Associated Press.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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