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National Police will monitor compliance with capacities and restriction of vehicles due to the increase in covid-19 cases

QCOSTARICA - The increase in covid-19 cases forces the Ministry of Security to intensify actions to verify compliance with sanitary measures. Daniel Calderón, director of the Fuerza Publica (National Police), explained, during the press conference on Monday, that operations will be carried out to verify...

The young woman who always dreamed of being a police officer is now fighting for her life after being shot in the head

QCOSTARICA - Kimberly Suárez Narváez always dreamed of being police. Almost three years in to her dream, the 23-year-old remains in hospital in delicate condition after being shot in the head during a call of a domestic violence in Heredia. This was confirmed by the...

San José is the province with the greatest decrease in murders for 2020

QCOSTARICA - Randall Picado, police director of the Fuerza Publica (National Police), confirmed that San José registered 21 fewer homicides compared to 2019. According to Picado, in 2019, there were 173 homicides in the province of San José, while in 2020 there were 152. The...

Protesters fail to block streets again: 11 arrested

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rican roads were once again interrupted by illegal roadblocks, the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) reported on Friday night. However, protesters failed to maintain the blockades due to quick action by the Fuerza Publica (National Police) to quickly clear passage. Commander Xinia Vázquez,...

Blockade promoter says they are going to face riot police ‘armed’

QCOSTARICA - Former legislator Oscar Campos Chavarría, leader of the self-styled National Rescue Movement, assured this Friday that they are going to organize in more than 150 points of the country to confront the Fuerza Publica (National Police). "It is necessary to organize the people...

Ministry of Security confirms total clearance of blockades

QCOSTARICA - After 15 days of blockades in many points across the country, for this Thursday, the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) - Ministry of Public Security - confirmed the total clearance of highways throughout the country. According to the MSP, the last of the...

Protesters shoot police officers who tried to remove the blockade in Upala

QCOSTARICA - A group of officers of the Fuerza Publica (National Police) was shot at by protesters, this morning in Santa Lucía de Upala, confirmed the Ministry of Public Security. According to the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), the officers were attacked when they reached...

Unions call for a large demonstration for this Wednesday

QCOSTARICA - For this 15th day of the protests across the country, the unions of the Education sector in alliance with the Movimiento Sindical Social Costarricense (Costa Rican Social Union Movement), which groups together different unions, are calling for a movement for this Wednesday,...

Vandals set fire to patrol with cops inside

QCOSTARICA - A Fuerza Publica (National Police) patrol was set on fire with two officers inside Monday night in San Carlos, Alajuela, confirmed the general director of the Fuerza Publica, Daniel Calderón. The police chief stated that the incident occurred on the bridge over the...

Who are the “Linces” of Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Shootings, robberies in process, cases of domestic violence, attacks by quiebraventanas (car window breakers), and other crimes against life or property are part of what the rapid response teams, made up of two skilled policemen on the same motorcycle, attend to on...

Fuerza Pública can carry out inspections of suspicious vehicles

The Constitutional Court or Sala IV determined that the Fuerza Pública (National Police) has the power to carry out inspections of the vehicles (including motorcycles) that they stop, if they consider a suspicion. The decision of March 24 was in reply to a writ of...

American intercepted in Santa Ana, whereabouts unknown

(3:47 pm) The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) and Fuerza Publica (National Police) are working to resolve an apparent case of an American being held against their will, in Piedades de Santa Ana, this Friday morning. The investigation is centering on the assumption that a...

All the police forces now will have access to the OIJ criminal database

The Legislative Assembly approved on Monday bill 20997 that enables all police forces access to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) criminal database. With this reform the Fuerza Publica (National Police), the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS), the Drug Control Police (PCD), the...

715 Pligrims Headed To World Youth Day in Panama To Get Police Escort As They Pass Through Costa Rica

On their way to Panama cityr for the World Youth Day 2019 through Costa Rica, 715 pilgrims will be under the watchful eyes of the different police forces of the Ministerio de Gobernación y Policía and the Ministerio Seguridad Pública (Ministry of the Interior...

Weekend Mega Police Operation Nets Criminals, Firearms and Drugs

A mega-operation by the Fuerza Publica (National Police) held this weekend in areas of great influx of tourists to the country led to the arrest of two individuals who assaulted a couple of tourists in Uvita de Osa, in the southern part of the...

How Much Do Police Earn in Costa Rica?

The men and women of the Fuerza Publica - the national police  - the largest of all police forces in the country, are generally charged with the apprehension of criminals and the prevention and detection of crime, protection and assistance of the general public,...

Minister Sends All The Police To The Street In His Second Mega-operation

Starting a 5 p.m. on Thursday, all the officers of the Fuerza Publica (National Police) took part in the second police mega-operation in different parts of the country. This was confirmed by newly appointed Minister of Security, Michael Soto Rojas. The former sub-director of the OIJ...

Respect And Appreciation For Seniors

"Our respect and appreciation for seniors," writes the Minister of Public Security, Gustavo Mata. The high ranking police official in the country tells us the story of how his officers of the @fuerzapublicaCR  (national Police) of San Ramon, #Alajuela, during patrol (walking the beat) came...

American Woman Arrested In Escazu Wanted On International Warrant

Q COSTA RICA - The Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) reports the arrest of an American woman in Escazú, in Costa Rica illegally and an with international arrest warrant for fraud. The woman, identified by her last name, Quintero, was detained Thursday afternoon by officers...

From Chile to Mexico, The Best and Worst of Police in Latin America

Q COSTA RICA, via Insightcrime.org who has put together a selection of some of the region's best -- and worst -- police forces. In the report, Costa Rica is among the countries with the best police force. Insightcrime.org says Costa Rica has one of Latin America's...

Security Ministry Investigating Alleged Coup in Police Force

Q COSTA RICA - The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) is investigation the origin of an alleged coup threatening the police force, arising from a disagreement of some unionized police officials with the change in work schedule. "A coup is possible...we are the police...we can...

Costa Rica To Fast-Track Training Of New Police Recruits

Q COSTA RICA - The wave of violence and criminality that plagues the country has caused the Ministry of Public Security (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública - MSP) to accelerate the selection and training process of new recruits for the national police force, the Fuerza...

PHOTOS: SVA In Action

Costa Rica's police at work. Photos of the special air surveillane unit (Servicio Vigilancia Aerea - SVA) of the Fuerza Publica. Photos from MSP - Ministerio de Segurida Publica

Police Nab Suspect in Brutal Murder Of Young Woman in Escazú

QCOSTARICA - Like the Canadian Mounties, the OIJ in Costa Rica always get their man (or at least they try), as in the case of the suspected murderer of Yurey Lucial Garcia, found in the back of her father's SUV, on the sixth floor...

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