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The police base will house six park rangers and twelve border police officers.

- Photo via U.S. Embassy -

U.S. donates to Costa Rica a police facility, boats, and ATVs worth $2 million

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Published on Monday, February 26, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. government donated to Costa Rica a police facility base, eight small center console Yamaha-type fishing boats and four ATV Kodiak-Yamaha-type vehicles via its embassy. The grant was valued at $2 million.

According to the Ministry of Security, the new police base near the Sierpe River, as well as the ATVs and boats, will be operated by border police officers and park rangers to patrol the Terraba Sierpe National Wetland located in the Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province.

The police base, which was inaugurated by Ambassador Cynthia Ann Telles and Costa Rican authorities, will house six park rangers and twelve border police officers who will conduct surveillance and arrest suspects of drug trafficking or environmental crimes such as illegal fishing or logging within the protected area.

"Sierpe has become a place of crime, we realized it and we wanted to cooperate with the Government of Costa Rica to protect this region because it is a fight that we all have to do united," said Ambassador Telles.

The building of the police facility and equipment donation were funded by the U.S. Embassy's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) budget.

According to the National System of Conservation Areas, the governmental institution in charge of Costa Rica's national parks and wildlife reserves, the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetland protected zone covers 24 thousand hectares. Of these, 14 thousand hectares are covered by mangroves, including five types endemic to Costa Rica.

The wetland is well recognized for its archeological discovery of stone spheres in Diquís Valley. 

In 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the Diquís pre-Hispanic chief villages as a World Heritage site.

Recently, the U.S. announced a $2.4 million donation to public schools in Guanacaste Province.

How could the United States assist Costa Rica to improve its security?   We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com