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Bacalar to start New Year with improved security equipment and infrastructure

Bacalar, Q.R. — The municipality of Bacalar is starting the New Year with improved security equipment and infrastructure. Mayor José Alfredo Contreras says the improvements are part of a year-end package provided by the state government.

In a recent press conference that included the Security Cabinet of the State Government, he highlighted important actions that have been carried out in unity with Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa for the strengthening of the safety of Bacalar residents and tourists.

From the boardroom of the Municipal Palace of Bacalar, Alfredo Contreras, in the company of the State Attorney General Raciel López Salazar as well as the Secretary of Citizen Security Julio César Gómez Torres and to the Coordinator of the Security and Justice Cabinet, José de la Peña Ruíz de Chávez, recognized the historical investments made.

During 2023, Governor Mara Lezama delivered new patrols to the municipality that included eight pickup trucks, two Sedans and two police motorcycles. Money has also been spent on more than 500 new police uniforms.

Bacalar police have also been provided with improve working conditions and modernized computer equipment to provide better care and security to the municipality. Part of the improved infrastructure includes new computer equipment that now allows the Municipal Police to provide constant updates to Plataforma México, Mexico’s criminal database.

Alfredo Contreras says a total of 15 PC screens, 16 desktop computers and five printers were acquired. For police, 12 lapel cameras, new patrol cars, a mobile terminal and five portable terminals were also part of the improvement package.

He also announced that land has been acquired which will become the new Directorate of Public Security and Municipal Transit facilities. The new building is being constructed at Kilometer 16 of the Bacalar – Chetumal highway.

Bacalar Mayor José Alfredo Contreras, holding microphone, announces new security measures for 2024.
Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Bacalar December 2023.

The new offices will have a C2 Monitoring Center area connected with high technology cameras as well as an analysts and research area. The new building will be connected to Plataforma México and allow for more accurate updating and retrieval of criminal data including information on individuals and current reports on issues such as auto thefts.

With the City Council’s own resources, he said they have purchased weapons and ammunition for 172,539 pesos from the Municipal Resource of 2022, which were delivered to the Directorate of Public Security and Municipal Transit in 2023.