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Additional military expected for Tulum to reinforce security

Tulum, Q.R. — More than two dozen additional military are expected to arrive in Tulum in coming weeks to help reinforce security. Tulum Mayor Diego Castañón Trejo said Tuesday that around 30 marines will be sent to the municipality.

“We are joining forces with the municipality, the state government and the federation to guarantee peace, harmony and security for the people of Tulum,” he said during his Tuesday morning announcement of additional patrol units.

“I want to recognize the great decision of the Secretary of the Navy to consider our municipality with the support of troops which will be of transcendental support to help in activities aimed at improving public safety as part of security, peace and tranquility for Tulum.”

He also said that during recent meetings, one of which included Governor Mara Lezama, new measures will be taken in Tulum.

“We are working on it. The governor and I have been discussing the issue and she has supported us a lot in that regard,” he said adding that “We know it has been a very difficult time, but last Saturday I had a meeting with the Secretary of State Public Security, Rubén Oyarvide and representatives of the Navy to take measures,” he reported without saying what those measures would be. However, he has recently hinted at a change in the police force.

Frigate lieutenant Ricardo Morales Santos is expected to be sworn in as the new Secretary of Public Safety and Citizen Protection of Tulum Thursday.

In February, additional military were also sent to the sea side town of Tulum to reinforce beach patrols, especially during busy tourist seasons. Thousands are expected to begin arriving along the coast for the 2023 Easter holidays.