Head of Colombian police steps down

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President Juan Manuel Santos has announced the resignation of the head of Colombia's national police.

Santos says that Gen. Oscar Naranjo asked to step down because he felt his resignation was needed to open the way for the ascension of other officers.

The 55-year-old Naranjo had occupied the post since 2007.

Santos said Thursday that he had asked Naranjo to stay on the job until July.

Naranjo is known for his close ties to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Under his command, Colombia's police scored successes against the country's drug cartels, guerrillas and right wing paramilitaries.