A Mexican official says the first assignment for members of a new police force is Valle de Bravo, a chic resort town near Mexico City that has seen a recent spate of kidnappings.
Hundreds of members of the new force, known as the gendarmerie, traveled Tuesday to Valle de Bravo, which lies alongside a pine-rimmed lake.
A federal official says the group of officers is one of several being deployed throughout Mexico. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
Authorities say the kidnappers have targeted Mexico City residents who keep a second home in the town but also working class people, including taxi drivers.
They say those behind the kidnappings are members of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.