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U.S. donates over $1M to Costa Rica police



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Published on Monday, February 12, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


On Friday, the obstacle course and training pool, donated by the U.S. through the embassy, were inaugurated at the National Police Academy located in Pococí Canton in Limón Province.


According to the embassy, the construction of the obstacle track and pool required a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Embassy's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL).


The obstacle course includes 16 separate trials and covers 1,250 square meters. It will be utilized in all training and training courses to prepare specialist units for special operations and international competitions. The training may involve running, climbing, leaping, crawling, and balancing components designed to test speed, endurance and agility. 







Officers use the training pool to learn aquatic survival techniques, improve their swimming abilities, and assist the overall health of the police community. This infrastructure is 12 meters wide by 25 meters long, with a depth of 1.5 to 3.5 meters. 


"Today we celebrate the inauguration of an obstacle course and a training pool, but most importantly, we celebrate the consolidation of the National Police Academy as a center of excellence that contributes significantly to Costa Rica's security," said Cynthia Telles, the U.S. ambassador.


Cynthia Telles, the US ambassador to Costa Rica, and Robert Alter, the director of the INL, were among the officials who attended the obstacle track and pool's inauguration ceremony.


Both training places are part of the various U.S. grants to Costa Rica. Recently, four police dogs donated by the United States a few years ago were retired from K-9 service.


In August 2023, the U.S. Southern Command announced a donation of $9.8 million to Costa Rica to build a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to cyber security.




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