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Municipality of Solidaridad now has legal authority over private security companies

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Public Security Building Commission has signed an agreement that will see private security companies monitored by municipal officials. The agreement became official Wednesday after it was signed by the State Government’s Secretary of Public Security.

Now, the municipality of Solidaridad can monitor private security companies, which means, as part of their new authority, municipal police can verify personnel during hiring processes.

Both the Federal and the State Government have always had the power to monitor private security firms, however, municipalities have not. With the signed agreement, private security companies in Playa del Carmen can now be attended to by both state and municipal police.

Luis Espinoza Mata, President of Jefes de Seguridad de la Riviera Maya A.C., said it is an excellent initiative to have a link that makes the procedures for obtaining state registration easier. He also said it will go a long way to preventing “duckling” companies from being created.

He said to date, there are 18 registered private security companies in the municipality of Solidaridad, however, they know of dozens of non-registered private security companies that hire people and outfit them with weapons without a legal check or permission.