A Mexican police director has disbanded the country’s famous female only unit, known for its sexy uniforms, because it was damaging the image of the force.
Chosen for their physical attractiveness, the 20 officers who made up the squad were kitted out with a tailored tight fitting uniform, sunglasses and 4.7-inch heels.
The special department hit the headlines after President Enrique Pena Nieto published a photo in 2013 alongside the female officers, who operated out of the city of Aguascalientes in Central Mexico.
The division was set up in 2013 by retired general Rolando Eugenio Hidalgo Eddy who thought it would be a good idea to have a brigade to work at social events.
One of the female officers, who met the president said: “We had broken formation and were heading for the exit when we met him. We gathered around the president and he said “Well, let’s take a picture’.”
But the new secretary of public security for the state, Eduardo Bahena Pineda, was not impressed with the unit and thought it demeaned the force’s public image.
The department has not been completely scrapped, but the number of officers has been reduced to seven and their uniforms will be the same as the rest of the force.
Alma Rosa, a female officer left in the reformed unit, described the change as positive.
“People would come to us, but they seemed puzzled as we did not look like real policewomen. Now that I’m an operative officer and I wear police shoes I feel much prouder. I was proud before, but now I feel prouder,” she said. – Daily Mail