The Police of Zone 8 destined 24 gendarmes, two patrol cars and two motorbikes, for the shelter of the migrants and tourists who arrive to the city to spend with their families the Christmas and New Year holidays in the country.
From December 5 until yesterday, 70 passengers from the airport José Joaquín de Olmedo (JJO) of Guayaquil, used the services of the police plan ‘Safe Return’. “This service seeks to avoid assaults on passengers, migrants or tourists, who return to the country to spend Christmas and New Year holidays with their family and friends,” said General Marcelo Tobar, chief of Zone 8 of the Police, which includes Guayaquil, Durán and Samborondón. It revealed that 24 gendarmes in three shifts will provide the free custody service to the person who requests it, until January 10, 2018. This plan was implemented in 2009.
The police officers have two patrol cars and two motorcycles. “The security program, from the local airport, covers Guayaquil and Guayas. In addition, if the circumstances warrant it and the user needs to move to another province, we make the relevant links so that another police contingent takes over and thus complete the trip.
Also, if the demand for the service goes up, we can increase the number of police, vehicles and motorcycles, “Tobar said. Last year, the Buenos Aires air terminal registered a flow of 3.8 million passengers. It should be noted that the airport was designed to receive up to seven million people per year. The service is constantly socialized by another group of police officers who hand out flyers and explain to the passenger the benefits of police custody, “because as of today the demand grows according to the statistics”.
Professor Clara Barreto de Rivera, who accompanied her daughter who was returning to the United States, applauded the police presence at the Buenos Aires air terminal. “The service is excellent and shows the professionalism of the police in their eagerness to provide a good image of the country, the city and the institution.” Barreto asked the passengers to request the service for their welfare and that of their family members. “This helps to take care of tourism so that more people visit us.” The citizen Olga Laborde, who returned from Germany together with a friend, asked for the uniform guard to guarantee her safety.
“I travel constantly and in developed countries there are no assaults on passengers arriving in their cities; but in countries like Ecuador, this shelter service is necessary to transmit security to tourists, who are a source of income for our economy.” The migrant Wilfrido Onofre Zambrano did not use the police service.
The citizen said he felt safe with the company of his relatives who were receiving him at the José Joaquín de Olmedo air terminal. “We are aware of what happens in the country and my city, but I do not think anything will happen to me.” Last year 300 passengers who arrived in Guayaquil used the police protection service. (I)