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Police Report Progress in Fight Against Crime
By Fritz Elmendorf
  UPDATE
The Nosara Police station received 2 new motorcycles on February 9th. Nosara has been set on top of the list of the Ministerio de Seguridad (security Minister), as an example of what can be accomplished when the people and the Fuerza Publica work together. There will be a public meeting at the Fucan on Thursday, February 19th at 6 pm to inform the work of the Police in the last 3 months, as well as an update on the renovation of the Police Station in Nosara.

 

Nosara’s new Tourist Police stationed at Playa Guiones, working with a new team of Fuerza Publica officers stationed at the village center of Nosara, have substantially raised the visibility of law enforcement efforts since arriving in November.

Local police chief Jason Vargas reported on Jan. 11, to a poorly attended public meeting at the FUCAN building, that law enforcement officials in San Jose see Nosara as a showcase of how local support can turn the tide against an increase in crime. Because local citizens complained, as well as offered financial support, attention is being focused on Nosara and there is pressure to show results, Vargas said.

The new police chief reported crime statistics for November and December that showed local police have been busy with roadblocks, confiscations, arrests and community outreach activities. Thefts, drugs and domestic violence dominate the reports.

The combined Fuerza Publica and Tourist Police forces have 21 officers in rotation and three motorbikes, with cars sometimes on loan from Nicoya. A permanent police car for Nosara is promised in March, he said.

The newly formed Security Association (Asociacion de Seguridad Comunitaria de Nosara) is dedicating its current efforts to raising money to be able to maintain the Tourist Police in its current location in Guiones and to the most pressing need to rebuild the police station in the center of Nosara. This building is under an order from the Ministry of Health to close on Jan. 20 if there is not a plan to make the building more habitable.

The necessary repairs will cost $16,000, according to Agnes Pinheiro, who is president of the security association formed to oversee the funding. A year’s expenses for rent and utilities for the Guiones station is estimated at $14,000. So far, $10,000 in donations have been made in support of these two projects, along with some donated materials.

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