Touristic police force to return

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

A small force of touristic police, will patrol the area appointed as a World Heritage site, in the coming months.

Gabriel Arturo Yáñez, director of the Public Security Department, said that a call for applicants (eight to ten officers) has been published and the positions will be open until they find the best candidates. The goal, according to the director, is to offer an environment of tranquility and security to visitors and residents in the historic center. These police officers will work is the historic center, and they will be dressed in Colonial-period custom.

The recruited police officers will work in several shifts. Some of the requirements that those interested need to meet include a disposition toward helping visitors, whom they will also help with tourism information, and a knowledge of basic English. Officers will provide tourist information in addition to their other duties. They must be older than 18 years of age and under 33. They must be free of criminal complaints and have a minimum of secondary-school education, although those with more education will have a greater chance of being hired. According to Arturo Yañez, these police officers will receive a monthly salary of 8,500 pesos free of taxes.

Yañez commented that this year the municipality will receive 10 million pesos from the federal goverment  as part of the program SUBSEMUM (Subsidy for the Security of the Municipalities). Of that fund, 2 million will be earmarked for prevention of crime, money that will go toward work with youth in industrial workshops. Two million will be invested in the purchase of motorcycles and other vehicles such as pick-ups and sedans. They will also invest money in the purchase of  radio communication and other equipment. The money will also help to pay for the tests of control and trust for police officers. The funds will be dispersed in three parts.


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