Costa Rica adds 152 new vehicles to police fleet

January 8, 2019

The Costa Rican government began 2019 by taking steps to improve security throughout the country.

Monday afternoon, the Public Security Ministry (MSP) acquired more than 150 new vehicles — 50 police cars and 102 motorcycles — to help combat crime nationwide, according to a press release. The fleet was presented at an event featuring President Carlos Alvarado and Minister of Public Security Michael Soto.

President Carlos Alvarado at Monday's event. Photo courtesy MSP.

The total investment was of 1,400,000,000 colones, or about $2,300,000.

MSP also conducted its first megaoperativo of the new year on Jan. 4. During the sweep — when all police in Costa Rica are mobilized to high-crime areas — National Police detained 62 people, while Immigration Police apprehended 93.

Traffic police also removed the license plates of nearly 100 vehicles, according to a press release.

The megaoperativo strategy, pioneered by Soto, was credited for helping Costa Rica reduce its murder rate in 2018. Last year, the nation recorded a decrease in homicides for the first time since 2012.

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