The training includes topics such as the criminal profile, the current situation of the gangs, good practices in the fight against gangs, among others.
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Published on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Specialists from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, are training 20 officers from the Professional Migration Police and four officers from other security bodies, on gang management, according to the General Directorate of Migration.

In addition to the FBI, experts from the El Salvador Transnational Anti-Gang Center are supporting the training too, said Migration in its statement.

According to Migration, the training includes topics such as the criminal profile, the current situation of the gangs, good practices in the fight against gangs, among others.

The goal of the training is to allow officers to update and strengthen knowledge and actions that will help them understand, analyze and handle migration and national security strategies, as well as develop investigations, Migration said in its statement.

"This international aid allows Costa Rica to be proactive in identifying organizations related to the Maras and gangs, for the safety of all citizens," Stephen Madden, director of the Migration Police said.



Last week, the Immigration Police reported having detained 17 immigrants as suspects of association with the gang Mara Salvatrucha, MS13.

According to Migration, the detained were from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. Of those detained last week, two Salvadorans remain in jail while the deportation process is completed.

The judicial agents call on the population to report any suspicion of members of MS-13 in Costa Rica to the confidential line 800-8000-645. Their bilingual agents can answer calls in English or Spanish.


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