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Acapulco Mayor Plans to Fire 500 Police Officers

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — The mayor of Mexico’s resort city of Acapulco says he will fire 500 police officers because they failed tests used to identify corrupt officers.

Mayor Luis Aburto Walton says he will ask the federal government to send in federal agents to help what is left of the 1,700-officer police force provide security in the city of 800,000 people.

Walton made the announcement Friday but didn’t say when the officers would be let go.

Police corruption has been a constant problem in Mexico, where poorly paid and poorly trained officers are easily corrupted by drug cartels.

Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said this week that there are 43,000 state and local police who failed confidence tests and should be dismissed.

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