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New commander takes charge at Chapala police department

Adan Dominguez Leon, Chapala’s new municipal police chief, has told the Reporter that he hopes to replicate the success he achieved in bringing down the crime rate in the Guadalajara suburb of Tlajomulco, where he served in the same role for two and a half years. 

Chapala Mayor Javier Degollado appointed a substitute to take over command of the police force less than 60 days after taking office.

Dominguez reported for duty Thursday, November 26 to replace Jose Alfredo Oliva Molina, the new administration’s original head of Public Security. Oliva, a retired Mexican Army officer, reportedly resigned due to health reasons.  

Dominguez, 41, is a career cop who worked his way up the police ranks serving in various Jalisco communities, as well as his native state of Guanajuato. His 28-month stint as public security director in Tlajomulco ended with the October 1 change of government.

In a frank interview with the Reporter this week, the new chief compared the challenges of dealing with public security in Tlajomulco – with a population of nearly a half million inhabitants and a reputation as a hot spot of organized crime – and the smaller and far more sedate municipality of Chapala.  

Asserting his success in bringing down Tlajomulco’s crime rate through close collaboration with local citizens, he lamented the fact that the trend has reversed since his departure. He intends to employ similar tactics to confront law enforcement issues in Chapala.

Dominguez explained that he undertook a thorough analysis of local crime statistics before accepting his new assignment.  He concluded that home burglaries, auto theft, robbery and intentional injuries consistently stand out as the community’s most predominant criminal offenses. 

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