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Oct212010

Violent Mexican Border Town Hires 20-Year-Old Girl as Police Chief

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRAXEDIS GUADALUPE GUERRERO, Mexico) -- A 20-year-old criminology student was sworn in Monday as the police chief of a Mexican farming community 50 miles southeast of El Paso, Texas.

Marisol Valles Garcia got the job after 19 other applicants turned it down. Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a community of 9,148, is a Mexican border town in the midst of a bloody drug war.

Valles said she will focus on prevention programs for schools and neighborhoods and leave border security to the army, according to Mexican radio network Notisistema.

Valles said she will work to calm the town's fear.

"Here everyone is frightened," Valles told Mexican news media. "We are going to exchange this fear for security."

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