Security at the 30 baseball academies operating in the country will be safeguarded with the installation of two new police corridors to patrol the perimeter. A detachment will also be built to allow better facilities for the agents to move around the area and a monitoring center, whose information will be used by the Police and those camps.
The decision was taken during a meeting between the Minister of Interior and Police, Jesus Vasquez Martinez, the Minister of the Presidency, Joel Santos, and the director of the National Police, Major General Eduardo Alberto Then, with the National Baseball Commissioner, Junior Noboa.
Also Yerik Pérez, director of Major League Baseball (MLB); the MLB teams’ lawyer, John Seibel; Nelson Tejada, senior manager of Investigations and Security; Miguel Estepan, senior coordinator, and Diego D’Aniello, coordinator.
The corridors with continuous patrolling will be established in the municipalities of Boca Chica and Guerra. The meeting welcomed the creation of a commission to follow up the work and an agreement aimed at fulfilling the commitments assumed.
The commission will be coordinated by Colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete, Director of Police Sports, and will be made up of a representative of the Presidency of the Republic, another of the Attorney General’s Office and one of the academies, among other members.
Vásquez Martínez expressed President Luis Abinader’s concern about what has happened in these training camps and said that together they must elaborate a plan to correct this situation.
Last week, armed men entered the academy of the San Luis Cardinals in Boca Chica, where they held the players and staff at gunpoint to steal sports equipment, cell phones and jewelry. The incident has caused the concern of the authorities.
The meeting was attended by the Director of Communications of the Interior and Police, Ricardo Fortuna, and the spokesman of the National Police, Colonel Diego Pesqueira.