MEXICO CITY, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Federal police and soldiers have been deployed to the popular tourist destination of Acapulco as part of a government effort to boost confidence in Mexico's security forces.
The move comes two weeks after the U.S. issued a travel warning to its citizens, urging them to avoid non-essential travel to Acapulco because of ongoing protests and violence linked to the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero.
President Enrique Pena Nieto has pledged to reform police forces amid public frustration over the government's delayed and poorly received response to the disappearance of the 43 students in late September. The circumstances of the students' disappearance revealed complicity between the local government, police and a prominent drug gang.
The federal forces have been dispatched to more than 30 towns in the states of Guerrero, Mexico, Michoacan and Morelos.
National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido explained the deployment was intended "to restore security conditions and reestablish the rule of law and peace in all the towns of this region."