Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on record
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Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on record

L. Arias - December 21, 2016

Just over half of people in Costa Rica feel highly unsafe and think crime in the country has grown, according to a survey conducted by the University of Costa…

Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’
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Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’

L. Arias - December 2, 2015

Costa Rica’s Justice Minister Cecilia Sánchez Romero appeared earlier this week before the Legislative Assembly to explain why her office reduced prison sentences for hundreds of inmates in a decision…

National Police, banks beef up security ahead of holiday season
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National Police, banks beef up security ahead of holiday season

L. Arias - November 20, 2015

Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata announced the start of a holiday security operation starting Friday in downtown San José and in the central cantons of each province…

US anti-drug trafficking review arrives in Costa Rica as lawmakers debate permissions
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US anti-drug trafficking review arrives in Costa Rica as lawmakers debate permissions

Zach Dyer - October 22, 2015

The U.S. President’s National Drug Control Strategy Interdiction Committee met with President Luis Guillermo Solís and other Costa Rican officials as part of a regional tour Wednesday.…

Costa Rica’s public security minister urges gov’t agencies to collaborate more to fight crime
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Costa Rica’s public security minister urges gov’t agencies to collaborate more to fight crime

George Rodriguez - May 30, 2015

Costa Rican Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata said Friday that institutions such as the Prosecutor’s Office and the Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ) need to work more closely together…

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

Zach Dyer - February 5, 2015

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…

Costa Rican Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa steps down
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New cabinet
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Costa Rican Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa steps down

Zach Dyer - February 3, 2015

Amid rumors swarming around Casa Presidencial this week of a major shakeup in President Luis Guillermo Solís’ Cabinet, word came Tuesday that Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa…

Traffic Police to launch roadway checkpoints during pre-holiday season
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Traffic Police to launch roadway checkpoints during pre-holiday season

L. Arias - November 27, 2014

A total of 386 checkpoints throughout the country are part of a Traffic Police effort to prevent accidents before and during the holidays. Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón said that…

Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone
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Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone

L. Arias - November 26, 2014

The number of homicides in the canton of Desamparados, located south of Costa Rica's capital, has doubled in the past year, according to a report released Monday by…

National Police announce operation to combat crime wave in Costa Rica’s Northern Zone
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National Police announce operation to combat crime wave in Costa Rica’s Northern Zone

L. Arias - September 4, 2014

Responding to pressure from residents in Costa Rica's Northern Zone, who say they increasingly have become targets for assaults and robberies, the Public Security Ministry announced Thursday that it had conducted…