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Baja California Police Train With US Navy

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Aired 5/13/09

A group of Baja California State Police are training with the United States Navy in San Diego. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

A group of Baja California State Police are training with the United States Navy in San Diego.

A group of eighteen Baja California state preventive police officers are training at the Navy base this week.

Alfredo Arenas is the state force's international liaison.

He answered questions during a break. He says he and the agents are learning special tactics to protect government officials and high level executives in Baja.

"The latest techniques on how to drive, how to get away from a terrorist attack or an organized crime attack, on driving away from a high speed chase. All the newest type of things."

Arenas says the 18 officers will then train their cohorts in Baja California.

He says this is the first time state police have trained with the Navy. He hopes they'll continue the program next year.

Police throughout Mexico have fallen victim to organized crime groups during the last few years. More than 500 police have been killed in the country since 2006.

More than a dozen Tijuana police officers have died this year.

Amy Isackson, KPBS news.

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