Close to 80 Nuevo Laredo restaurant, bar, and club owners went to city hall to demand more safety and security in the downtown area.
Nuevo Laredo leaders, including the mayor, say the solution is to re-instate a municipal police force, which was terminated about a month ago.
He wants leaders in Mexico City to give the okay for the return of the officers; even tough they've only taken two out of four mandated tests.
The mayor is making the case saying it's an emergency as crime in the city skyrockets.
Mayor Benjamin Galvan says while the Mexican military focuses on cartel violence, they do nothing about everyday crimes like robberies and assaults.
The police force was taken off patrol and replaced by a special 250 troop military unit as part of a national security agreement aimed at the professionalization and certification of police forces.
The reincorporation of officers into police duties will be made on individual basis, pending the outcome of several exams, training and certification.
Some four hundred municipal officers have taken drug, physical,and psychological tests, now each officer would still have to take three more exams, including a background check.
At this time, the state of Tamaulipas has 22 municipality police forces in the process of professionalization and certification.