Graft crackdown

BOGOTA: Colombia’s national police force has fired more than 1,400 officers over the past 80 days in a crackdown on corruption, the country’s top law enforcement official said on Wednesday.

The 180,000-strong police force has let go of nearly 18 officers per day since General Jorge Hernando Nieto took over leadership of the organization in February, he told journalists.

The dismissals are part of a “zero tolerance for corruption,” Nieto said, as the force seeks to improve its public image after recent scandals, including one connecting high-level officials to a prostitution ring.