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Mexico's Federal Police Chief Stepping Down, Reportedly For Personal Reasons

Federal police on a vehicle guard one of the three forensic trucks where several bodies were placed after dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border found in the Km 47 of the Reynosa-Cadereyta road in the town of San Juan near the city of Monterrey, Mexico,  Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

Federal police on a vehicle guard one of the three forensic trucks where several bodies were placed after dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border found in the Km 47 of the Reynosa-Cadereyta road in the town of San Juan near the city of Monterrey, Mexico, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)  ((AP Photo/Christian Palma))

The Mexican official in charge of the nation's federal police force has resigned.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong says Manuel Mondragón y Kalb is stepping down as head of the National Security Commission but will continue to work with the department on strategy.

Osorio Chong announced the resignation Sunday on his Twitter account but did not say why Mondragón y Kalb quit. According to the Mexican newspaper, El Universal, he stepped down for personal reasons.

Mondragón y Kalb was in charge of forming a new gendarmerie proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto to fight common crime. The 5,000-officer force was supposed to have been on the streets by the end of last year but Mondragón y Kalb announced last summer that it wouldn't be ready until mid-2014.

Mondragón y Kalb has said the gendarmerie would not replace the federal police, who would be assigned to fight high-impact crimes such as drug trafficking and kidnappings.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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