TULUM, Mexico – In a significant development for the security of the Tren Maya project and the Tulum International Airport “Felipe Carrillo Puerto,” the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena), Luis Crescencio Sandoval, announced during his visit to Quintana Roo that the number of security personnel will see a substantial increase. Currently, there are 2,454 security personnel overseeing these areas, but this number is set to rise to 3,200 Guardia Nacional (National Guard) members.
This augmentation of Guardia Nacional personnel aims to bolster the security measures surrounding the Tren Maya project in Quintana Roo and the states through which its tracks traverse. These efforts will be complemented by the establishment of three Air Force bases and the deployment of five aircraft for monitoring the railway routes. Additionally, the use of intelligence units equipped with drones will enhance security measures.
Secretary Sandoval stated about this development, “With the Tren Maya project, we are also planning an increase in the number of Guardia Nacional personnel. From the current 2,454 members here in the state, we will have an additional 3,200 Guardia Nacional personnel. This dedicated force will provide comprehensive security coverage for the project.”
The Guardia Nacional personnel assigned to oversee the safety and security of the Tren Maya project will also extend their support to Tulum International Airport, Chetumal Airport, Palenque, Chiapas, and various railway stations within the project.
Regarding security in Quintana Roo, Secretary Sandoval explained that the state currently employs 658 members of the State Police, with 626 of them engaged in operational roles, responsible for surveillance in municipalities. Furthermore, there are 4,330 municipal security personnel, out of which 3,536 are active. Altogether, Quintana Roo boasts 4,162 police officers tasked with ensuring security. However, as per the United Nations guidelines, the state still faces a 4% deficit in its police forces.
This substantial increase in security personnel and resources underscores the commitment to ensuring the safety and success of the Tren Maya project and the Tulum International Airport, vital components of Quintana Roo’s transportation infrastructure. With these measures in place, the region can look forward to enhanced security and progress in the years to come.