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Six cops slain in single day prompts governor to take rigorous security steps

A team of at least seven armed men ambushed and killed four Guadalajara police officers Monday, including a high-ranking supervisor of the municipal force.

pg1cThat same evening, two Zapopan officers were shot to death following a report of a carjacking in the Pinar de la Calma neighborhood of Zapopan.

The killings raised the total number of police officers killed while on duty in Jalisco this year to 13.

Later in the week, Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval announced that the state and metro-area municipal governments had agreed to introduce police convoys or volantas in the metro area that are authorized to stop and search suspicious vehicles in a bid to identify criminals and seize illegal weapons.  The officers involved in the convoys will also be at liberty to set up roadblocks or retenes anywhere in the city to flag down and search vehicles and question drivers and passengers.

The measure has been employed in the past during times of heightened insecurity but is often criticized by civic organizations as anti-constitutional and an infringement of citizens’ rights.

Dozens of rounds were fired during Monday’s attack on the Guadalajara officers, which took place on a street in the Loma Dorada neighborhood of Tonala, close to the home of Eduardo Perez Garcia, commander of agrupaciones in the municipal police department.

Along with Perez Garcia, also killed were Jose Aguilar Flores, Roberto Salcedo Torres and Marcela Guadalupe Maciel Herrera.

The attack occurred in the early morning, moments after Perez Garcia had been picked up by his three subordinates to begin their working day.

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