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Tulum Crime: New boss hired to call the shots

Tulum, Q.R. — The municipality of Tulum swore in a new boss of Public Security Monday. The new head, Pedro Enrique Jaramillo Visoso, replaces the former Frigate Lieutenant Ricardo Morales Santo.

Santo, who headed the Secretary of Public Security and Citizen Protection of Tulum for the past year-and-a-half, was replaced after his sudden resignation due to an increase in crime and insecurity.

The appointment was voted on during a Monday morning Town Council session. Mayor Diego Castañón Trejo said “during our most recent Town Council session in Tulum, together with the trustee and the councilors, we had the pleasure of approving and welcoming Cap. Pedro Jaramillo Visoso as our new Secretary of Public Security and Citizen Protection (SSYPC).

Tulum Town Council voted in favor of hiring Pedro Enrique Jaramillo Visoso, who was sworn in the same day.
Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Tulum February 19, 2024.

“Cap. Jaramillo brings with him a track record of firm preparation and a solid commitment to the security of our municipality. Security in Tulum under his leadership will be effective. Welcome to the Secretary team!”

Pedro Jaramillo Visoso was sworn in Monday afternoon after the unanimous Town Council vote Monday morning. Pedro Jaramillo Visoso will head the Secretario de Seguridad y Protección Ciudadana (SSYPC) of Tulum.

Pedro Jaramillo Visoso left, is pictured here with Tulum Mayor Diego Castañón Trejo.
Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Tulum Feb. 19, 2024.

Prior to his approval, the General Secretariat reported that on February 14, Lt. Fragata Ricardo Morales Santo resigned from the position of SSYPC for which reason, Jaramillo Visoso was proposed.

Pedro Jaramillo Visoso has assumed the reins to promote peace and tranquility in Tulum. In recent weeks, the municipality has implemented the use of drones and sniffer dogs in its ongoing battle against criminal groups.

The drones were used for more than a week to locate vehicles known used by area criminals while the dogs were brought in to help locate illegal contraband including drugs and weapons.

The resignation of Lt. Fragata Ricardo Morales Santo came days after an American woman was killed in a Tulum beach club. The woman was hit by a stray bullet during an exchange of gunfire between criminal groups. One of the gunmen was also killed.