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ROSARITO BEACH - Mayor Cites Reductions in Crime & Corruption In Third Annual City Report

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---Mayor Hugo Torres Wednesday night in his third state of the city report cited major gains in reducing crime and corruption in the city.
More than 500 people attended the report in City Hall plaza, the last of Torres' three-year term which began in December of 207 and ends this month. The speech prompted frequent applause.
Among accomplishments, Torres cited a 21 percent reduction in crime in 2009 and an additional 14 percent to date this year, the greatest reduction in all of Baja. The current crime rate is the lowest since the state began keeping figures for the city in 2000.
To accomplish this reduction, it was necessary to replace about 60 percent of the city police department, many of whom were suspected of working with organized crime, he said. The city also expanded the size of the force and added a tourist police department.
Torres gave much of the credit for the gains to Director of Public Safety Jorge Montero, an Army captain on leave, who spearheaded the efforts after surviving an assassination attempt. Torres also thanked the Army and other branches of government for support.
To further fight corruption, his administration made a strong commitment to transparency and strict financial accountability, the mayor said.
In addition, the city made strong commitments to education, youth programs and drug prevention efforts to help build for the future, he said.
Torres also thanked city council members and others who helped in achieving the progress for Rosarito. He cited the need for continued work to build upon the gains and also inform people of the progress that has been made.
Info provided by: Rosarito Town Crier

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