Mexico's new National Gendarmerie will have 5,000 members, who will receive military and police training to help the states deal with public safety problems, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said.

The new law enforcement agency will be a division of the Federal Police and will assist states "that do not have an effective, reliable police agency today," Osorio Chong said.

The administration is thinking about having 5,000 members in the new Gendarmerie, or about half the force size that President Enrique Peña Nieto cited in a Dec. 17 speech, the government secretary told Radio Formula.

"We want to have it constituted and have it meet what is required within three years," Osorio Chong said.

The new law enforcement agency is being created to fulfill "the commitment of little by little with new public safety agencies, both state and federal, the army and marines can pull back and return to their bases," the government secretary said.

About 75,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006, when former President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country's drug cartels.

Calderon deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug traffickers. EFE