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November 18th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) On Saturday, representatives from 40 communities in Alajuela, where over 1,000 citizens were educated in crime prevention, received a certification from the Minister of Security that accredits them as citizens educated in crime prevention at their stores, homes and communities.
The activity took place in the Central Park in Alajuela, where, besides the graduation, citizens also participated in police parades, celebrations, and recreational activities such as face painting, story telling and more.
The head of Public Security, Mario Zamora, said, “Although there is a reduction in crime statistics and the perception of insecurity, this is sustainable only if the communities join in the responsibility with the police.”
“Today we are celebrating that over 40 communities have satisfactorily complied with free lessons provided by the Ministry of Public Security, and the idea now is to put this education into practice, in other words, make it a reality in the communities, and then we will begin to see an improvement in the criminality indexes,” he added.
Those who attended the lessons were taught community organization, leadership, institutional administration, preventive measures, basic criminalistics, basic legal aspects, intra-family violence, as well as the prevention of drug consumption and local drug trafficking.
The Community Security Program provides communities with tools and skills to find solutions to their security issues in an organized manner, through preventive action.