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Mexican coastal cities to create tourist police

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - City officials in Mexico's Baja California state are drafting plans for a bilingual police force that caters to American tourists headed south of the border.

The plan, announced Monday at San Diego City Hall, is to create a joint Mexican force that patrols a 50-mile tourist corridor from Tijuana through Playas de Rosarito to Ensenada. Tourism in the region has been battered by drug-fueled violence, congested border crossings and a weak economy.

San Diego police officers will help train the officers.

Details have not been worked out, but Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos says the joint force could have as many as 350 officers. There is no budget.

Rosarito already has a tourist police unit of about 30 officers, and Ensenada has one with about 20 officers.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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