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Cancun police demonstrate for unpaid raises, proper equipment

Cancun, Q.R. — Police in Cancun have negotiated for back pay and new uniforms after demonstrating outside city hall earlier this week.

The demonstration of nearly 100 officers lasted several hours Monday as city police demanded retroactive pay that had been promised to them since August. Elements of the Municipal Police of Public Security sat in a three-hour meeting with Cancun mayor, Remberto Estrada Barba, to hash out a new deal.

Wednesday, a new agreement was reached for payment as well as updated equipment and new uniforms. Cancun mayor confirmed that the police unit have accepted the new “conditions” of municipal authorities.

Estrada Barba said that “An agreement has already been reached for full payment. It will not be as support or housing aid as before. It will be direct salary.” The last agreement police had with the city had select officers receive an increase in salary in part through housing aid, a benefit that not all officers were offered and which became part of the new negotiations.

Guillermo Brahms González, secretary general of the City Council, said that they will pay the salary increase adding that starting next week, they will also begin with the delivery of uniforms and other requests in the improvement of equipment for city police.

He also added that the current municipal administration have requested to review the amount of patrol vehicles and are hoping to double the number of patrols in Cancun for next year.