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Sonoran security chief: Progress being made on adding to state police force

Sonora’s top security official says progress is being made to grow the ranks of the state’s police force.

Sonora’s governor has promised to increase the number of state police officers. And State Security Secretary Maria Dolores del Rio says progress is being made toward that goal.

She said that by the end of the year, there will be 500 more state police officers than when Gov. Alfonso Durazo took office last year. And next year, an additional 500 will be hired. She also recently told local media the governor is committed to making Sonoran police officers the best paid in the country, which could be achieved as early as next year.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.