The housecleaning is part of President
An additional 465 federal officers have been charged with breaking the law, and 1,020 others face disciplinary actions after failing screening tests, officials said.
Rosas said the 1,020 officers who failed vetting fell short for a variety of reasons, including suspected criminal links and medical problems. He said failure rates were within "operable limits."
Among the 465 arrested officers were four commanders fired
The new police standards, which took effect in May, are aimed at cleaning
Eliminating police corruption is a pillar of Calderon's nearly 4-year-old war against drug cartels. Crooked officers tip off drug lords and often moonlight as hit men.
The problem is considered worst at the local level,
where fear or low wages prompt many officers to help drug gangs. State
and local forces account for the vast majority of
The cleanup is to take place nationwide and began with the federal police, the law enforcement agency mainly responsible for fighting the powerful cartels.
Calderon has rapidly expanded the federal police, hiring about 10,000 officers during the last two years.
Experts applaud the cleanup as long overdue. Mexicans so mistrust police that they often refuse to report crimes.
But firing suspect or substandard officers also carries risks that they might jump to another department or join the traffickers. Rosas said a new computerized public safety database, called Platform Mexico, would make it easier to monitor former officers.
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