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.