REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – The State of Tamaulipas and the City of Reynosa have launched what they call an integrated intervention plan ‘United for Reynosa’ that calls for the introduction of ‘Proximity Police’ for the purpose of decreasing violence and insecurity.

“Unidos por Reynosa” is looking to change the life for residents of 53 local neighborhoods have suffered this past decade.

The plan involves the implementation of 662 related actions involving law enforcement, social wellness, economic development, urban image, appropriation of spaces and civic participation, with an investment of 134.6 million pesos (around $7.6 million).

“United by Reynosa is the greatest coordinated effort with the municipality and the most far-reaching, that has made any administration in Tamaulipas,” said Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca. He announced the plan in the company of the president of the DIF System in Tamaulipas, his wife Mariana Gómez de García Cabeza de Vaca, and his Cabinet.

The Governor said 810 community rooms will be built in a dozen municipalities in Tamaulipas for families living in overcrowded conditions, as part of the actions to combat violence and promote healthy coexistence in the home.

The Mayor for the City of Reynosa, Maki Ortiz Dominguez, explained that the first step is to restructure all protocols and guidelines for immediate action against violence.

“Officers of the Federal forces, such as the Army and Navy, will continue to work to eradicate violent acts,” Ortiz said. “(But) beginning today, 20 state agents will integrate the newly created police of proximity.”

The police of proximity will monitor the downtown area in order to eradicate robberies and assaults.

The Governor of Tamaulipas Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca said that ‘United for Reynosa” is a coordinated effort between state and city.

“Time leaves behind the omission and the simulation, and this is the reason why we are resuming, with planning, responsibility, vision, and love for Tamaulipas, these actions in full service of the people,” said Garcia Cabeza de Vaca.

This strategy focuses on two sectors (one in the south and one in the north) based on their criminal incidence, the degree of marginalization, public infrastructure and number of telephone complaints. The targeted areas are home to 136,384 inhabitants in 53 colonias.

In the selected sectors, a strategy will be implemented to include health services for vulnerable families, coexistence programs, community dining rooms, psycho-emotional assistance, the rescue of public spaces, security modules, the implementation of the Proximity Police, video surveillance, economic development, urban image, among others.

According to Ortiz Domínguez, no one can enjoy security and peace if the social fabric is not in place at the same time.

Reynosa, Ortiz Domínguez said, suffers from the presence of those who commit both crimes of common law and federal law, so the plan it is intended not only to combat organized crime but also assaults.

“Hence the importance of having police elements that are in charge of eradicating the crimes of the common law as well as robberies and assaults,” she said.

Both García Cabeza de Vaca and Ortiz Dominguez said that with these types of programs, the aim is to restore peace and tranquility for the benefit of the community in general.

$7.6 million development plan

The Associated Press has also written about the new security initiative for Reynosa. Here is its report:

MEXICO CITY – Officials in northern Mexico have announced a $7.6 million development plan that seeks to stem violence in the border city of Reynosa.

The “United for Reynosa” initiative focuses on the most violence-prone neighborhoods in the city, which borders McAllen, Texas. The money will go to schools, sports facilities, infrastructure, jobs programs and public safety initiatives.

Reynosa has been the scene of frequent shootouts amid turf battles between rival factions of the Gulf drug cartel.

Tamaulipas state government said Monday that the violence has hurt investment and jobs, and the plan aims to address “the causes, not just the effects, of violence.”