President Felipe Calderon has initiated a sweeping purge of Mexico’s federal police forces, replacing nearly 284 senior and middle-level commanders. The move was announced June 25 by Public Security Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna. “We are conscious that Mexicans demand honest, clean and trustworthy police,” Garcia Luna told a press conference. “We have strategies and directions in the struggle against crime. One of the keys to that strategy is the professionalization and cleansing of the police forces.” He said the commanders will be replaced by officers who have undergone months of rigorous vetting, including background checks, psychological exams and drug tests. The replaced commanders will be relocated inside the federal police forces, which number at least 12,000 agents. (Houston Chronicle, June 26)
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