by Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 October 2013

These extraordinary pictures demonstrate the efforts of the first all-female armed Citizen Police group in Xaltianguis, Mexico (25 miles north of Acapulco). Formed this past summer, housewives, mothers and even grandmothers banded together to make their town safer amid the violence and corruption of the region (60k people dead since the country took a tough stand on drug cartels in 2006).

These tougher-than-nails members go through weapons training and learn police tactics for vehicle searches and arrests. And some even bring their toddlers along with them on patrol. Take a look at the photos by Katie Orlinsky for an insider’s look on this badass team of women.

Via The Daily Beast