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Baja state plans bilingual police

October 18, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

City officials in Baja California state are drafting plans for a bilingual police force that caters to U.S. tourists headed south of the border.

The plan, announced at San Diego City Hall, is to create a joint Mexican force that patrols a 50-mile tourist corridor from Tijuana through Rosarito Beach to Ensenada. Tourism in the region has been battered by drug-fueled violence, congested border crossings and a weak economy.

San Diego police officers will help train the officers.

Details have not been worked out, but Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos said the joint force could have as many as 350 officers. Rosarito already has a tourist police unit of about 30 officers, and Ensenada has one with about 20 officers.

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