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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 - 12:59
Mexico to create new police force to fight cartels
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the creation of a national police force to crack down on crime and battle the country's powerful drug cartels.

The force -- a gendarmerie based on the model of Spain's Guardia Civil -- would be 10,000 strong.

Currently Mexico has a patchwork of city and state police, along with some national police.

The priority, he said, is to decrease the number of "homicides, kidnappings and incidents of extortion."

The president's six-point strategy includes an overhaul of the security forces that would see the country divided into five operational regions.

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