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Sunday January 26, 2014

Mexico Creates All-Female Police Investigative Unit

Mexico Creates All-Female Police Investigative Unit

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The government of the central Mexican state of Morelos has unveiled an all-female police investigative unit created to probe crimes against women.

Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez swore in and presented the 26 members of the unit, which is made up of women trained to investigate and solve crimes on the basis of forensic evidence, during a ceremony on Friday.

He said the creation of the unit was part of his administration’s overall commitment to gender equality in its public policy decision-making.

“Criminal investigation doesn’t require physicality, cowboy boots and belt buckles, blue jeans and leather vests. That image is simply to frighten, to beat people up. It’s not for investigating,” the governor said.

He added that the unit would be equipped with ballistics and forensic labs.

The all-female unit was unveiled in a ceremony in the main square of Cuernavaca, the state capital.

Morelos state Attorney General Rodrigo Dorantes said the goal in forming the new unit made up of legal and criminal justice experts was to investigate crimes against women, including sexual and gender-based violence, kidnapping and extortion.

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