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Former Judicial Investigation Police official named Costa Rica's new public security minister

President Luis Guillermo Solís quickly named a law enforcement veteran to replace Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa after Gamboa announced Tuesday he would step down. Gustavo Mata, vice minister of public security and former Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) deputy director, will assume the minister’s post on Feb. 16.

Gamboa said he is leaving the ministry to work at the Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor. He severed in various Public Security Ministry offices in the last four years, including vice minister and chief of the Costa Rican intelligence agency under former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014), before Solís named him minister in May 2014.

Mata, 51, said his administration would focus on crimes that affect people’s daily lives, such as assaults, robberies and homicides, and targeting international drug traffickers with the assistance of the United States and Colombia.

The newly named minister from Turrialba, Cartago, said he would send letters to the OIJ, the courts and the Prosecutor’s Office to see how the National Police and the rest of the ministry could better coordinate efforts.

Mata is a lawyer and alumnus of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s academy in Quantico, Virginia, and received training at London’s Scotland Yard, as well as in Spain, Panama and Colombia.

Contact Zach Dyer at zdyer@ticotimes.net

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Donald Waltz

WTF BEN, so now your blaming the US for the corruptness and ineptitude if the Costa Rica Police and Govt. You live in La La land

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Ben

Donald the US goverment is up to something they have asked for many US corp to leave CR. Start opening you eyes to the problems in the world. In the last 40 years the US has caused most of the problems. The US goverment aka CIA and NSA have killed lots of latin america leaders in the past and still help overthrow leaders like the guy in Ukraine and in Honduras. Donald stop watching CNN and Bloomberg you might see thing from a diffrent point of view. I know Donald that your Neo con and Facist views seem right but try to look at all the problems the US goverment has done.

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Ben

Nobody is talking about that the US goverment knows this guy very well. He trained at the School of the america´s in Panama and in North Carolina i have been told. It sounds like the US said put this guy in he is our buddy or else.

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