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Tijuana's Entire Police Force to Undergo Polygraph Tests

Tijuana's Director of Public Security says the city's entire police force will eventually undergo polygraph tests. Yesterday the director debuted a new lie detector machine. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson

Tijuana's Entire Police Force to Undergo Polygraph Tests

Tijuana's Director of Public Security says the city's entire police force will eventually undergo polygraph tests. Yesterday the director debuted a new lie detector machine. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Tijuana's director of public security, Javier Algorri, says the new polygraph machine is an important new tool to help root out corruption in the city's force. 

He says last year 160 officers were fired for a variety of infractions including corruption. So far this year, he says, 50 officers have been let go.

Algorri says first, chiefs and assistant chiefs will take the lie detector test, and then the rest of the force. He says it'll provide a sense of certainty that all agents have passed the trust test.

Tijuana's new anti-corruption effort loosely resembles the national scene in Mexico.

Last month, nearly 300 federal police chiefs throughout the country were removed from their positions until they pass a series of tests to prove their trustworthiness.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.