Regional
6:08 pm
Wed November 25, 2009

Juarez To Get Crime Tipline

El Paso – Residents in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez will soon be able to report crime through an anonymous international tip line.

Mayor Jose Reyes says telephone operators outside the country will take calls starting in December.

Reyes said Wednesday that officials teamed up with the international organization Crime Stoppers because residents do not trust local police.

Mexico's government acknowledges that police corruption is widespread with many officers on the payroll of drug cartels.

Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico's deadliest city. More than 2,200 people have been killed there this year.

Authorities attribute the violence to a turf battle between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.