Mexican authorities seize control of Acapulco police force

Members of the Mexican navy and federal police take part in an operation Tuesday in Acapulco.

(CNN)Mexican state and federal authorities have taken control of Acapulco's police after a recent spike in homicides sparked suspicions that criminal groups had infiltrated the department, a joint force said in a statement.

Tuesday's seizure was conducted by the Guerrero Coordination Group, a joint operation of Mexican state and federal departments, including the National Secretary of Defense, the marines, federal police, the state prosecutor's office and state police, said Roberto Álvarez Heredia, the group's spokesman.