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Robert Alter, head of INL (second person, from left to right) at the inauguration of Limon's new police station.

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U.S. donates $400K-valued police station in Limón

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Published on Monday, April 8, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States, via its embassy, donated a $440,000 police station facility in Puerto Viejo Beach, Limón Province.

The U.S. Embassy's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) budget provided funding for the donation of the police station.

"This donation, valued at more than $440,000, reflects the United States' commitment to supporting Costa Rica's efforts to fight organized crime and improve citizen security," said Robert Alter, director of INL.

According to the embassy, the two-story facility was built from freight containers donated by APM Terminals, a port management firm based in the Netherlands.

These containers were donated to the Ministry of Public Security in 2019, but it wasn't until a few months ago that officials worked with the U.S. embassy to convert the units into a police station.

The police building contains accommodation for personnel, bathrooms, a drinking water system, an electrical installation system, a wastewater system, sewage and drainage.

The new police station is critical to provide security in an area with a large tourist population, noted the Ministry of Public Security.

The police station at Puerto Viejo Beach is one of a number of grants given by the U.S. to the Ministry of Public Security.  Recently, the U.S. donated a police base, Yamaha-type fishing boats and ATV Kodiak-Yamaha-type vehicles to Costa Rica.

Last month, General Laura Richardson, Commander of the United States Southern Command, addressed the U.S. intentions to assist Costa Rica in its effort to control all commercial exports and imports via ports.

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