Training workshops will be held at the academy for municipal police officers.
- Ministry of Security photo -

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020

 U.S. government aids
in police

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. government, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, INL, will support the training carried out by municipal police officers at the National Police Academy.

"It is a very important part of the effort and collaboration, to maximize resources and work as a team, we support this vision of the academy and the municipalities," Jacob Doty, deputy director of INL said.

According to the Ministry of Security, training workshops will be held at the academy for municipal police officers.

In one of the first workshops, police officers participatedfrom the municipalities of Barva, Belén, San Isidro, San Rafael and Santo Domingo, these from Heredia Province.

Officials from the municipalities of Desamparados, Alajuelita, Escazú, Goicoechea, Montes de Oca, Mora, Moravia, San José, Vázquez de Coronado and Santa Ana from San José Province also participated.

So did the police from the municipalities of Garabito, Puntarenas Province and officials from the municipality of La Union in Cartago Province.

Another group of officers who participated in the training was from Limon Province.

The National Police Academy has the goal of providing comprehensive training to police forces to be professionalized and offer a better service to citizens, the ministry said in its statement.

According to Michael Soto Rojas, Minister of Security “the idea of holding this workshop is to take into account the vision of all municipal police, from the education and training they want to give their officers.

This is the second type of support provided by INL to the Ministry of Security this year.

In February, the U.S. government donated $1,410,000 to the Costa Rican government to finance a criminal analysis laboratory and four armored vehicles.

According to the Judicial Investigation Organization, the new Laboratory of Specialized Crime Search Trace Evidence, the so-called LACEBET was created with a donation of $410,000 from the U.S. Government. The bulk of the donation, $1 million, goes for four armored vehicles, Ford F-350 Super Duty brand, valued at $250,000 each.

The Judicial Investigation Organization, which received one of the vehicles, said the four will be used for patrolling high-crime neighborhoods and for confronting riots. The Ministry of Security got the remaining three.

What other types of sophisticated equipment is needed to fight against crime that the U.S. donates to Costa Rica?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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