The Fuerza Publica said that 73 persons were murder victims already this year. Some 40 died in January, and 33 were victims in February.
Police officials attribute many of the killings to drug gangs. There are continual territorial wars and there is lethal punishment for violating gang rules.
The totals are not unusual. Police said that Judicial Investigating Organization figures show that 453 persons were murdered in 2014 and 411 died in 2013.
The Fuerza Pública said that what it can do best to stem the murder totals is to concentrate on interdicting shipments of drugs. The Fuerza Pública is not an investigative organization, but the sister agency, the anti-drug police, are investigators.
Still most of the investigating is done by the judicial police.