Director of Public Security resigns

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

Octavio Drago Quero, a 27-year-old sanmiguelense, has resigned his position as head of the Public Security Department. The new director is Gabriel Arturo Yáñez from Nuevo León.

On December 10, the local administration announced the incorporation of Gabriel Arturo Yáñez as acting director of Public Security in order to strengthen security in the city and also to start forming a Secretariat of Citizens’ Security. It was announced that Drago did not get satisfactory results on the tests of confidence, which disqualifies him from occupying a directorial position, and for that reason he presented his resignation. However, the administration said that he performed a responsible and loyal work during his management in the Police Department.

Before taking office, Drago had been director of Public Security in Silao, Guanajuato; he told Atención that despite his age he was very experienced in security matters and commented that if people were thinking that he could not control the department they were wrong.

When he took office, Drago announced that he received a department with damaged equipment and without financial resources for gasoline. Among his projects he wanted to continue with the idea of installing public security cameras and said that already 50 percent of the cost had been paid.  The former director commented that he and his team were working with love and commitment and he made it clear that as a sanmiguelense he was concerned about safety in San Miguel and wanted to do something to reestablish order. Nevertheless, he resigned.

Gabriel Arturo Yáñez

Yáñez has a degree in criminology from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and a master’s degree in penal sciences from the Mexican Institute of Penal Sciences. He has worked as a criminology professor in multiple courses for beginners dealing with federal felonies investigated by the Procuraduría General de la República (Office of the Mexican Attorney General). He was director of the Public Security Department in Guanajuato and later of the Citizens’ Security Department.

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