New director of public security works to improve safety
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Octavio Drago Quero, a 27-year-old sanmiguelense, is the new director of Public Security. In an interview with Atención he said that regardless of his age he is a very experienced person in matters of security, and he also was director of security in Silao. He will continue the project of installing surveillance cameras in the city and will work toward having better-trained police officers, more security equipment and higher salaries.
Drago has begun, but not yet concluded, a degree in public security. During the 1995–1997 and 2003–2006 administrations, his father, Elías Drago, who owns the private security company Drago, was director of Public Security in San Miguel. For that reason, said Drago, he is familiar with public safety. “I also know about the needs of the municipality and of the department,” he said. Because he is young, several unfavorable comments emerged after he was appointed as director. In this regard he commented that “they could say that I am very young and I am occupying a position that I do not even know how to lead, but I want to tell them that I have occupied different positions in matters of security and started from the lowest position.” Drago has been director of Public Security in Silao and personal assistant to the general director of public security of Guanajuato. He has also worked in other states with public and private security services.
Police officers will be exemplary
Drago made it clear that he and his police officers are working in security because they love their jobs and not because there are no other options for employment in the city. He said, “As a sanmiguelense I was very concerned about the insecurity problem in the city and wanted to participate in this administration to reestablish order. I am here for that.” About his plans for the department he said that he will focus his efforts on having better security equipment, more training for police officers and better salaries, because “we can have the best equipment and the best-trained officers, but if we do not have good salaries, the police officers are easily corrupted. We will aim our efforts also toward having an exemplary security force,” said the director.
Working for safety since he took office
According to Drago, the Public Security Department of the new administration has been working since October 10 to decrease crime. They have undertaken operations with state and federal forces as well as with officers from other municipalities. He commented that he is working with the staff that they have (50 percent of the number needed), and that he received the department in very bad condition and without money for gasoline, but he is working to get resources and improve security. The 2009–2012 administration conducted an investigation to determine the causes of insecurity in the city, and Drago said that he has the results and in the months to come he will be developing and applying a plan of security. About the surveillance cameras he said that they will be installed in two months; the original plan for their installation and locations will be followed and later, if needed, his department will design a plan for relocation. Drago said that sanmiguelenses must have a response from the police department even for the smallest report, and if that does not happen you can report it directly to the director’s office at 120- 4524 ext. 111.