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Mexico Announces New Security Strategy

Dec 18, 2012
Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday announced a new security strategy, which focuses on transformation of law enforcement institutions and crime prevention.

Pena Nieto, who took office on Dec. 1, said a 10,000-strong militarized police force known as the national gendarmerie would be created. The military would continue to patrol Mexico's streets until the gendarmerie is ready to take over.

The Attorney General's Office would be strengthened, Pena Nieto told the Public Security National Council.

He also stressed that the new strategy has a regional focus and specific actions would be strengthened in hot spots.

The government will invest $9.17 billion (115.6 billion Mexican pesos) in 2013 for crime prevention programs.

The new strategy is different from the one used by his predecessor Felipe Calderon, who relied on the military in a war with drug cartels.

Calderon's strategy was widely seen as a failure as more than 60,000 drug-related killings occurred during his six-year term.

Source: Copyright Xinhua News Agency - CEIS 2012

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