Cooperation and mutual trust should be the building blocks for crime prevention, according to Chapala authorities who hosted a public meeting Friday, May 4 aimed principally at calming the frazzled nerves of the community’s foreign residents.
Interim Mayor Oscar España, Public Security Chief Adán Domínguez and other officials in attendance expressed some disappointment at the scant attendance of around 40 expats and a half-dozen Mexican inhabitants.
Nonetheless, España opened the gathering with a cordial welcome in English stating, “Thank you for choosing to live in Mexico. Foreigners have the same rights under our Constitution. We have to build a bridge of communication between the government and the citizens … and work together.”
Dominguez took charge of the rest of the meeting, with bilingual officer Rafael Suarez handling translations to English.
Pointing out that officers currently serving on the police force are quite different from those of previous times, he explained that 76 of the 104 men and women now in the corps have passed obligatory trust control exams, and the other 28 are still in process of the stringent evaluations. Instead of sporadic police training courses offered in the past, officers now follow the curriculum of a professional police academy. He noted that 40 Chapala officers have completed the basic training level and 30 more are enrolled for this year.