REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – Tamaulipas Governor, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca has launched a new operations squad for special missions and to combat organized crime organizations.

The Special Operations Squad is a new division of the State Police.

“In Tamaulipas, a land of opportunities and growth, in which there are many more good people, the violent have and will have the energetic response of the State, determined to enforce the legitimate use of force that corresponds to it following the law and the respect for human rights,” García Cabeza de Vaca said.

“The Government of Tamaulipas will not give truce to those who harm the state and its people. There will be no concessions for those who disrupt the tranquility of Tamaulipas families.”

García Cabeza de Vaca said the Special Operations Squad has 150 officers that have been trained to fulfill missions that require a high level of specialization and professionalization. He said its operational bases will be in Reynosa and the state capital, Ciudad Victoria.

The new division incorporates three Robinson 66 Police turbine helicopters, capable of flying during the day and at night, with thermal cameras on board. It also has drones that can fly up to 3,000 feet for periods of up to six hours. These will be use for reconnaissance missions and target tracking.

In addition, K9s will be used. These have been trained for the detection of drugs, weapons, paper money, and explosives, as well as carrying out tracking, guard, and protection tasks. The squad is equipped with 25 armored vehicles.

García Cabeza de Vaca said the policemen within the division are certified and were selected based on their abilities and aptitudes, after being subjected to rigorous tests of confidence control.

“We tell the criminals that in Tamaulipas violating the law and threatening the peace of our state, putting the safety of our people at risk, will have an immediate and energetic response from the State,” García Cabeza de Vaca said.

He said these and other actions reflect advances in public security in Tamaulipas, citing a report by the executive office of the National Public Security System. This agency places Tamaulipas outside the states with the highest rates of violence in the country and with a downward trend in high-impact crimes.

The report shows Tamaulipas is 21st in the national ranking of crime incidence.

When comparing crimes in October 2016, with the data of June 2020, malicious homicides decreased 11 percent, while extortion, as well as vehicle theft, registered a decrease of 47 percent.

Home robbery decreased by 48 percent, while business robbery decreased by 27 percent. There were 21 kidnappings in Tamaulipas in 2016. As of June, 2020 the number had dropped to zero.

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