Rafael Cortez Pérez guards a road leading into Tancitaro with his nephew. He is one of 16 civilian crews that watch the roads and report any suspicious visitors or activity to the Tancitaro police. Cortez, who doesn’t get paid, says it’s a lot of time to volunteer, but worth it for the town’s peace and tranquility.

Rafael Cortez Pérez guards a road leading into Tancitaro with his nephew. He is one of 16 civilian crews that watch the roads and report any suspicious visitors or activity to the Tancitaro police. Cortez, who doesn’t get paid, says it’s a lot of time to volunteer, but worth it for the town’s peace and tranquility