The plan is to focus on young people between the ages of 12 and 19, from vulnerable communities.
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Published on Friday, August 6, 2021
The government of the United States, through its embassy in Costa Rica, supported the police security program "Ligas Atléticas Policiales" (police sports league in the English language).
The program has the goal of preventing young people from becoming involved in criminal activities through the development of sports such as athletics, boxing, swimming, soccer, among others. The intention is to improve and strengthen the relationship between young people and the police.
According to the embassy, the creation and implementation of this program is vital for young people to interact with the police in their communities through sports activities.
"With this program as a part of the Security Seed initiative, our work continues to have a comprehensive approach to security, focused on the youth as the most important agents of change in the communities," Jacob M. Doty, Deputy Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) said. "This program is an example of how the United States and Costa Rica work together to make Costa Rican communities more prosperous and safer."
The plan is to focus on young people between the ages of 12 and 19, from vulnerable communities such as Pavas and Desamparados in San José Province and Liberia, Guanacaste Province.
In this first stage, 165 youth from those areas will be included. The program is expected to be developed in other communities in the coming months. The program offers free training of 2 to 3 sessions per week for young people and will aid the teens to continue their studies.
This initiative is also supported by the Ministry of Security, the Costa Rican Sports Institute among other public organizations.
Also on Thursday, the embassy and INL delivered eight mobile units to Social Security which complement and increase the action capacity in an emergency.
“We hope that these mobile units will bring medical attention to those most in need,” Gloria Berbena, representative of the embassy said. "Our commitment to Costa Rica and the well-being of Costa Ricans is constant. "This donation is in addition to the more than 500,000 doses of covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and the more than $4 million in medical supplies that the United States government has given to Costa Rica since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
Five of the mobile units measure 6.10 meters by 9.75 meters. The other three measure 4.88 meters by 5.49 meters. Its structures are made of aeronautical grade aluminum, walls, ceiling and floor made of waterproof vinyl, insulated coating, LED lights and protective bags and roto-moldable boxes, for easier transportation and protection.
According to the embassy, the units are valued at more than $361,000. These are equipped with air conditioning and power distribution panels. Due to their versatility, they can be used for medical purposes but also to establish a coordination and communication center in case of emergency, administrative area or pharmacy.
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