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Protesters tried to block roads, but Police prevented closures

QCOSTARICA - Small groups of protesters tried to block several routes in the country on Monday, but the Fuerza Publica (National Police) managed to prevent the blockades and enforce the right of free movement. Since early morning on Monday, authorities maintained constant monitoring and presence...

Transitos save Uber driver from assailants

QCOSTARICA - Transitos (traffic officials) Gustavo Ordóñez and Daniel Picado became guardian angels of Ronny Picado Hernández an Uber driver, rescued from two alleged assailants who had a gun at him inside his car. “When I saw those policemen on the road it was like...

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...

Bill would allow invasive tracking with facial recognition

QCOSTARICA - Advancing in the Legislative Assembly, a bill that proposes an invasive tracking of inhabitants of Costa Rica through facial recognition and other biometric data. The initiative presented by Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) legislator Daniel Ulate Valenciano would give police forces "full access" to...

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...

San Jose protest march turned violent; 11 police injured in clashes

QCOSTARICA - The National Rescue movement had developed peacefully during the morning of this Monday in the capital city. Until, at Casa Presidencial, in Zapote, protesters tried to tear down the barrier of police officers who, with protective shields, prevented them too close, ensuing...

Mobs in violent attacks in Quepos; police injured with stones and Molotov cocktails

QCOSTARICA - A group of Fuerza Publica (National Police) officers were injured after a mob attacked them with stones and Molotov-style firebombs this Wednesday morning, in the Paquita sector near Quepos, in Puntarenas. The attackers even beat one of the officers on the ground and...

Municipal Cop Threatens Transitos, They Take His Car

Rico's TICO BULL - I have always had my doubts of many of the officers of "policia municipal" (municipal police) who, with little or no training (my assumption) are now the authority in their communities. I see them here, in my little corner of...

Judge prohibits policemen who extorted tourists in Jacó from carrying firearms

A judge prohibited two policemen from carrying of firearms, suspected in taking money and cell phones from two tourists in Playa Jacó. The decision against the officers, identified by their last names Faerron and Falcón, was handed down Friday afternoon by the Criminal Court of...

The Feared Fuerza Pública (National Police) of Costa Rica

Pictures like this are priceless, two officers of the Fuerza Publica (National Police) help a woman with her baby in arms on Avenida 4, in downtown San Jose, helping her with the bags to her destination. The undated photo is from Facebook.  

Nicaragua Claims to Be Safest Country in Latin America

Nicaragua claims to be the safest country in Latin America says a report by the Latin American Herald due to its sophisticated “Containment Wall” public safety strategy. The report says that Nicaragua's capital city deputy police chief Fernando Borge told EFE, “We have a comprehensive...

Is Slapping Your Child a Crime in Latin America?

(Expat-Chronilces, By Colin) Last Friday the children were destroying the house with pent-up energy. It was Peru’s Independence Day, so no school, and we had just spent a week in the infamously child-unfriendly city of Arequipa. So I gave wife a little rest and...

Costa Rica Transport Authorities Call To Eradicate Culture Of Warning Other Drivers Of Police Presence

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Transport don't want us to speed. They also don't want us to alert drivers who do, of police ahead. In a post on the social media, the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) is making a call to "eradicate...

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

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