Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced today delivered 17 vehicle units to the Vigilante Corps of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) in an activity at the Seven Seas spa in Fajardo, with the assistance of Secretary Rafael Machargo Maldonado.  “The members of the DRNA Surveillance Corps have overcome many challenges so far this year. They started with seismic events in the southern region, where they were activated in 12-hour shifts and worked hard hand in hand with the Emergency Management Bureau, the Police Bureau and the municipalities, "said the governor.
He added that During the Covid-19 pandemic, they have been active ensuring compliance with executive orders and the well-being of natural resources, "for this reason I am pleased to be able to deliver these units to you that will benefit your work."
The cost of these vehicles for the Corps of Vigilantes is $ 400,000 from state funds, and seven will be distributed for the Land Unit, seven for Water Franchises, two for the Command and one for the Maritime Unit, which will be used to tow boats. .
The Corps of Vigilantes is a public order unit with around 310 armed officers with the power to intervene with people and investigate matters related to n the jurisdiction provided by the DRNA law, such as the protection of natural resources and the enforcement of environmental protection laws and regulations, investigating poaching, illegal fishing, and the illegal development of constructions in the maritime zone- terrestrial, among other functions.
“It is a great satisfaction for me to be able to deliver new vehicles today to these public servants who work every day to serve others. We know the great sacrifice they make for the natural resources of Puerto Rico and I am sure that this work tool will help them in their work, "said the secretary of Natural and Environmental Resources.
Machargo Maldonado thanked the governor for the support given to the Rangers Corps and their commitment to being included in the first responders incentive during the Covid-19 pandemic.