New Police Trucks Finally in Service

Gene Mendoza with PV 252
Gene Mendoza with PV 252

PUERTO VALLARTA 14 MARCH 2014:  Today the Puerto Vallarta Municipal Police presented the new police truck #252 which has begun regular patrols of Amapas, Conchas Chinas and points south.   This is part of a contingent of 50 police vehicles now in service after a several-months-long delay.

Officers assigned to the unit will be from the Tourist Police, who speak English.

President Tom Swale, Board Member and ANA Security Chief Gene Mendoza and ANA Treasurer Don Pickens met with SubDirector Rigoberto Espinoza and Comandante of Tourist Police Felipe Camacho to discuss patrolling strategies.

Espinoza presented the names of the following officers who will be assigned to Amapas.  The ANA has asked for a stable group of officers so that we know our patrols and they know the area, and we are pleased to know the officers now.   The police organize 3 shifts as follows:

  • A Group:  Martin Cutberto Cervantes Camacho, Juan Antonio Huerta Gonzales
  • B Group: Jorge Cañas Rodriguez and Marco Polo Covarrubias
  • C Group: Alfonso Benavidez Alcantar and Francisco Javier Saucedo Jacobo

Coordinating with Mendoza, the police will begin nightly checkpoint logging again, including many of the major buildings in different parts of Amapas that have 24 hour security.  We have outfitted the car with a new cell phone for incoming calls to the local patrol, and a floodlight.

The ANA Board is grateful that during the two months of private patrols, we know of only one break-in in the area.  The SEPEPSA patrol has been effective, and will end its patrol in late March.