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State public security head says it will take years to eradicate crime

Cancun, Q.R. — Head of Public Security in the state of Quintana Roo says that although crime strategies have been progressive, it will take years to contain and eradicate it.

The secretario of Seguridad Pública in the state, Alberto Capella Ibarra said that it could take as long as 15 years for their crime strategies to show similar results as the Colombian police have had in their effectiveness against crime.

The police chief mentioned that there has been a gradual decrease in crime in destinations such as Benito Juárez (Cancun) where he began with the Single Command. He says this has allowed progress on the issue of insecurity.

He also said other municipalities will show concrete results, noting that it is necessary to continue with the inter-institutional coordination where there were many deficiencies on the part of the municipal police.

He says that they are not taking about months, but about years, to obtain similar concrete results as they have in places such as Colombia where, he adds, it took more than 15 years to achieve an effectiveness in the police on the streets.

Capella Ibarra reiterated the importance of continuing on the path laid so there are positive results in terms of preventing criminal groups from attempting to establish operations. He says the strategy to decrease crime rates is a daily fight, noting that despite public perception, there has been a decrease of nearly 40 percent in malicious homicides in the northern area of Cancun and the containment of crime in others.