Heavy Security Presence along Colombia’s Pacific Coast
By Dialogo July 08, 2011
Nearly eight thousand men from the Pacific Naval Force, distributed across psychological and surveillance checkpoints, are welcoming visitors who have chosen Gorgona Island, the beaches of Juanchaco and Ladrilleros, Buenaventura Bay, Tumaco, and Solano Bay as tourist destinations for this vacation season.
Air, river, maritime, and land units are in charge of implementing patrols to enable transit and residence in a safe environment for locals and visitors during the tourist season.
Sailors from the Pacific Naval Force are implementing security measures at various checkpoints in the urban area of the port of Buenaventura.
Stationed at strategic sites such as HidroPacífico, Tecnoborda, Culture House (Casa de la Cultura), and major roads, the members of the Urban Special Forces Group (AFEUR), accompanied by men from the Buenaventura Military Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (Gaula), National Police personnel, and Pacific Naval Reserve personnel, use brief welcome chats to deliver information that can enable the strengthening of community security.
At sea, Coast Guard units and river combat elements are conducting ongoing patrols and surveillance, guaranteeing secure transit through Colombian Pacific waters.
In the municipalities of Solano Bay and Tumaco, Pacific Coast Guard units and Marines have deployed their men to the town centers, beaches, and tourist sites, with the aim of strengthening security at these sites with a large influx of visitors during the vacation season.
The Pacific Naval Force will continue implementing operations enabling it to keep watch over the security of the region’s inhabitants, at the same time that they invite the community to take the necessary security measures to avoid putting the integrity of all at risk.