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Samara community and police hope to organize to improve security

By Arianna McKinney

About 60 people met in Samara’s community hall on Thursday, June 23, with Mayor Marcos Jimenez and police officials Angel Araya Cordero, director of police for Guanacaste, and Dennis Garcia, in charge of the police’s community security program for the canton of Nicoya. Their aim was to air concerns and look for viable ways to improve security in Samara. “They cleared up the doubts of the population and the results of the meeting were very positive. People are motivated to participate with the police,” commented Julio Lopez Brenes of Intercultura, who attended the meeting. “The mayor also showed himself energetic and his participation was very important as representative of the government.”

For example, the mayor offered to make available a patrol unit from the municipal police to make rounds in Samara on the weekends. Also a patrol car has been acquired for Samara, which is currently being fixed by a mechanic. Another positive step is setting up log books in various Samara businesses where the police now have to sign in to verify that they are passing by. This arrangement will ensure more police presence in the streets and business areas, “They have to be in the streets,” Garcia said.           

Organizing a community security program with local businesses is the top priority, Garcia explained.  They are looking into arrangements for having portable radio units at businesses to facilitate faster communication as well as installing security cameras in strategic locations around Samara. They are also working on forming a security committee for Samara and conducting an 8-hour training session on security and preventive measures. At the meeting, people were also encouraged to denounce any crimes that they observe in order to make authorities aware of problems, including negligence or inefficiency of the public force. Denunciations can be made anonymously for Guanacaste by calling 1176. Some who attended the meeting have doubts about whether the meeting will have lasting effects. Miguel Gomez, executive secretary of Samara’s Association of Development, commented that the police made the usual justifications about challenges they face and predicted that efforts will fizzle after a couple of weeks. On the other hand, Garcia, encouraged by the amount of people who participated in the meeting, believes that worry over the recent murder drives home the need to organize community security efforts, although he reminds people that “we don’t have to wait until a tragedy occurs to organize.”

 

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