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By Jesús Aguado

Six of the seven candidates running for office attended a security forum organized by the Sanmiguelenses Unidos group. For 10 minutes, each candidate presented his proposal for security, and later for 15 minutes, they answered questions related to security from members of the group and the approximately 50 attendees.

The first candidate was Cristóbal Olvera from the Humanist party who said that the police school needs to reopen, and he also said the government needs to have communication with the state government in order to ask them for correct functioning of the 066 emergency system. He proposed different kinds of workshops for young people, as well as the division of security in key points of the city.

Santiago González from the Citizens’ Movement party commented that to have better security in the city, the government needs to have more communication with the nonprofit organizations and more police officers patrolling the city. He also said that to have more safety in the city, more community centers should be opened because they would help to train people in arts and trades.

Jesús Rangel from the PRD said that the police school should be reopened and the local administration must have better communication with the Ministerio Público in order to force them to conduct better investigations of crimes and not release criminals after 36 hours. He also talked about the division of security in key points.

Martín Stefanonni from the Social Encounter Party proposed to attack insecurity with intelligence and technology; for example, he said that the patrols need to have cameras. He proposed the division of security across the city, the opening of the police school, and the hiring of honest sanmiguelense as police officers.

Ricardo Villarreal from the PAN party proposed the division of security in the four cardinal directions of the city, surveillance stations in neighborhoods, and at least four security substations, one of which ought to be at Los Rodríguez, the biggest community in San Miguel. He proposed a better use of the technology installed by the Guanajuato Secretary of Security with the Escudo program, which includes more than 200 security cameras; that would be possible with the construction of a C4 center which would be controlling the cameras and watching over the sanmiguelenses. He said that C4 had to be independent of the Security Department.

Martín Cacho from the party PRI proposed the returning of the canine, touristic, rural and mounted police. He said for the rural police, he would hire people from the same communities where the surveillance stations would be.

Among the questions at the event was that of how to combat kidnappings. All the candidates said that it was a federal and a state obligation, but in the end they said that the technology installed by the state government, which includes cameras at the entrances and exits of the city, must be better used to block the roads when it is necessary. They also questioned how the director of security would be elected. Ricardo Villarreal said that the director had to be somebody experienced and would come from another city; Cristóbal Olvera commented something similar. Martín Cacho said that the director must be a local because there are experienced people here, but if it is not possible to find someone, then he had to come from somewhere else. The rest of the candidates said that it would be a local.


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