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State Attorney General says 86 officers to be dismissed for corruption

Cancun, Q.R. — The head of the State Attorney General says that 86 police officers will be discharged due to various acts of corruption. State Attorney General head Oscar Montes de Oca, confirmed that 12 of those agents were dismissed this week, adding that other members are in the process of being released. He says the agency is analyzing officers in order to improve investigations and “to improve our service to citizens.”

“We are purging the police,” he said. “There is a lag and inability of some colleagues to do their job well. We must go in search of the best elements to improve the services, these investigation techniques,” he stressed.

His messages came after several weeks of demonstrations by a group of officers accusing the Office of irregularities. Authorities have said that those demonstrating are personnel who have failed their control and confidence tests and are trying to avoid being discharged.

Montes de Oca ruled out the hiring of outsiders, stating that many young people with degrees in public security and expertise in criminology have been brought in, adding that whomever passes the preparation course, will be part of the Prosecutor’s Office.

In February, another purge of officers found guilty of corruption lead to the dismissal of nearly 130 police officers around the state.