06/26/2007

Mexican top police to undergo "trust tests"

Officers would be subjected to drug tests, polygraphs and psychological reviews.

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY Mexico has temporarily removed all of its top federal police officials from their jobs.

The federal government is requiring the officials to prove they won't be corrupted in the nationwide fight against drug trafficking.

Mexico's public safety secretary, Genaro Garcia Luna, announced the move today as the government seeks aid from the United States for its crackdown on drug gangs. That battle's been led by federal police and soldiers.

Garcia Luna said 284 high-ranking police would be forced to undergo what he called a "trust test." He says the officers would be subjected to drug tests, polygraphs and psychological reviews. A background investigation will be done on acquaintances, friends, and family. Also to be checked are whether the officers' assets are in line with their earnings.

Thirty-four with the best results will be promoted to regional chiefs of the federal police, the highest positions in the field.

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