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More Police Officers Headed to Juarez

POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 12:49pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm

The head of public security in Mexico announced Monday that 2,600 additional police officers will be deployed in the border city of Juarez.

Many of the police will specifically be involved in investigative work and tactical analysis. More checkpoints have been set up in the city as authorities try to crack down on people carrying guns in their vehicles.

The new deployment comes two weeks after 15 city residents, most of them students, were massacred. The incident provoked widespread criticism of President Felipe Calderon's drug war strategy which has called for Mexico's Military to assist police in the war against drug gangs.

Calderon has vowed to keep soldiers on the streets because he says police alone cannot cope with violence. He is expected to visit Juarez again on Wednesday.

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