The Mexican government says it is evaluating 284 top federal police officers in an attempt to eliminate corruption as it fights drug trafficking.

Mexico's security minister, Genaro Garcia said Monday that the officers would be removed from their duties while their performance is reviewed.

Accusations of corruption often have been made against Mexico's police force, which has been unable to stop violence between warring drug gangs. Drug-related violence has killed more than 1,000 people in Mexico this year.

Since taking office last December, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has deployed thousands of soldiers to help the police fight drug smugglers. Opposition lawmakers and human rights groups have criticized that policy. They say soldiers lack training for the task and are, therefore, more likely to commit abuses.

Some information for this report was provided by  AP and Reuters.