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January 25th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Ministry of Public Security and the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) renewed a cooperation agreement for five years, which aims to further equip the Tourist Police with more tools and training, at a cost of 350 million colones spread over the duration of the agreement.
The Tourist Police will receive two new four-while-drive vehicles, four off-road motorcycles, an ATV, 30 radios, 790 uniforms and 10 training programs.
Security Minister Mario Zamora said that Costa Rica’s tourism model is “different from other countries,” and the number of robberies and thefts against foreigners has decreased significantly.
“The result is that we now have a significant reduction in the number of assaults, thefts, and robberies against tourists throughout the country, thanks to the management of the Tourist Police,” Zamora said.
Tourism Minister, Allan Flores, said the primary areas of concentration for the Tourist Police are Monteverde, La Fortuna de San Carlos, and the Caribbean. He said the Tourist Police program has reached a significant degree of maturity.
According to the Director of the Fuerza Publica, Juan Jose Andrade, the Tourist Police have 350 officers guarding the safety of visitors to the country.
The Tourist Police were established by executive order on January 5th, 2007.