Chapala Welcomes New Police Chief

August 14, 2007

rafael-cervantes-policeOur new Police Chief in Chapala seems to be proving out well.

“Chapala Public Security Director Rafael Cervantes Aldana counts on ample law enforcement experience to head up an ambitious plan for revamping operations of the municipal police department…

Under the mayor’s specific instructions, the new chief says he is prepared to work closely with the foreign community while focusing on building up a modern and tourist-friendly police agency.

Cervantes reports that Chapala public security is currently operating with a staff of 120 officers and a fleet of 13 working patrol vehicles…[with plans] to launch a closed circuit monitoring system with 10 security cameras placed in central Chapala.”

I like the more visible presence of the police we’ve noticed since he took over. I particularly like the police officers stationed at key intersections throughout the Chapala area (“keeping watch at five strategic entry and exit points to the community”) which will allow the police to prevent the escape of the bad guys as they attempt to flee.

One of these check points is just outside the North gate of Chapala Haciendas where I live. So, if a hot call comes out in my neighborhood, we should have an officer at the scene in quick order!

  • Johndoe

    Hello! You are mentioning only Chapala, Ajijic and its towns. What about Jocotepec, san Juan cosala and its other towns?
    Why is Jocotepec not included as many foreighners live here and many conflicts of kidnappings and extorsions have happened here?

    I think this is a great apprach and tha k everyone involved but this other municipality connects directly to Jocotepec not only Chapala.


  • Sid Grosvenor

    HI Anonymous aka JohnDoe

    Thanks for your comment. Did you notice that this article was published in August 2007?

    If you look the site over more carefully you will find Jocotepec and San Juan Cosala mentioned in other articles. There;s even a video of the Jocotepec Plaza filmed not long after the Plaza renovations were completed.

    Our gratis tour new comers to the area includes San Juan Cosala and Jocotepec and a vist to the Jocotepec Malecon.

    Thanks again for taking the time to comment. Tu amigo, Sid

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