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Samara Police Proud Owners of Patrol Vehicle

By Arianna McKinney

Patrolling Samara and the surrounding communities just got easier for the public force with the addition of a valuable new resource: a pickup-style truck fitted with a topper to detain and transport suspects. 

The vehicle came from the Ministry of Security’s transportation workshop in San Jose, where it was sitting abandoned, according to Jose Angel Gomez Matarrita, Samara district chief.  He related that Mario Aguilar, head of the workshop, visited Samara and saw the Samara public force’s need for transportation and made arrangements for them to obtain the vehicle.  

 


Robert Soto Carrillo had the privilege of taking the police vehicle on its first patrol around the Samara district. 

Members of the Samara public force are proud to have the patrol truck, even though it still needs work, such as fixing the seats and hand br2ake, buying a jack and installing a siren and rotating lights.

Officer Robert Soto Carrillo had the privilege of taking the truck on its first patrol and taking it to Nicoya to have the word SAMARA detailed across the windshield and the shield added to the hood and door to identify the vehicle as belonging to Samara. “Sincerely I feel a little motivated because it’s another resource that we have now. People say that we don’t do anything but if we don’t have the resource…” he explained; “One would like to give the maximum but doesn’t have resources.”
With the patrol vehicle, the police can respond more immediately to calls and can more easily reach areas farther away.    
  
Gomez said community support from the Progressive Association (Asociacion progresista) of Samara has been instrumental in getting the patrol vehicle in working order. Emilse Steller Ramirez, treasurer of the Progressive Association, confirmed that the association donated 100,000 colones ($200) to repair the truck.  

 

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