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Tijuana Police Employ Lie Detectors in Probe For Dirty Cops

Tijuana's Municipal police have a new tool to help fight crime within their ranks. The city's top police chief says the new polygraph machine will help root out corruption. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson

Tijuana Police Employ Lie Detectors in Probe For Dirty Cops

Tijuana's Municipal police have a new tool to help fight crime within their ranks. The city's top police chief says the new polygraph machine will help root out corruption. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Tijuana's director of public security Javier Algorri says they'll start at the top with the lie detector test. First chiefs, then assistant chiefs.

Algorri says they'll answer questions like if they've had contact with drug traffickers, or if they've received any payments besides their salaries.

He says once they finish with the top-ranking officers, they'll move onto those who have pending complaints, and then to the rest of the 2,700-person force.

Algorri says they've already cleaned up the force quite a bit. He says last year, they fired 160 officers, and 50 so far this year. He says the polygraph will help them continue the evaluations.

Algorri says local businesses donated machine.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.