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Yucatan security forces ‘aware of the border’

More officers, high-tech tools to guard the Quintana Roo state line

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Umipol, the Yucatan Police Intelligence and Monitoring Unit, will reinforce security at the border with Quintana Roo with a helicopter. Photo: Courtesy

Merida, Yucatan — Yucatan is one of the safest states in Mexico, and security officials aim to keep it that way.

A helicopter to “seal the border with Quintana Roo” will improve security in the state, said Yucatan SSP Commander Luis Felipe Saidén Ojeda.

And more than half of 300 newly hired officers will be stationed at the state line, he said. Quintana Roo’s most famous cities are Cancun and Playa del Carmen, where violence has escalated in recent years.

Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal’s decision to lease the chopper provides another level of surveillance in a state already wired with cameras, microphones and staffed thousands of armed agents.

“We are going to be aware of all the borders so that they have the technological equipment and we can have a more reliable job and security to prevent crimes from happening within the state,” he said.

Addressed after a press conference to announce the launch of the “No te enganches” (“Do not get hooked”) anti-extortion campaign, the official clarified that the role of the helicopter will not only be security, but also as an airlift ambulance and for rescues.

It replaces an aging 1999 Bell 407 helicopter.

In addition to the helicopter, 350 older vehicles are being replaced, said the commander.

Current technological equipment will be reinforced and more surveillance cameras will be installed to increase security, he also said.

Source: Diario de Yucatan

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