With the presence of troops and units of the security forces, the government of the Republic began the “Safe December” strategy, whose objective is to protect the population of the entire national territory at this end and at the beginning of the year.
The activity, carried out in the plaza of the National Stadium in La Sabana, was led by the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, the Minister of Public Security, Government and Police, Michael Soto, and the director of the Public Force, Daniel Calderón.
This year’s strategy – which will run from December 20 to January 4 – has as its main objective to counteract crimes against property, particularly in the face of the flow of money that circulates in the streets due to the deposit of Christmas bonuses.
The operational plan was presented by the general director of the Public Force, Daniel Calderón, who explained that the existing resource throughout the country is joined by 400 new police officers from the basic police force, who are already integrated into the actions of the Public Force and they will be added to the operations of the country.
In addition, as part of the efforts that have been generated, more recently acquired logistical resources will be available, such as off-road motorcycles and jet skis.
This year the Public Force has invested ₡ 1,506 million in radios, vehicles and motorcycles, a resource that is already at the service of the public and that will be implemented in the actions of this end and beginning of the year.
Minister Soto Rojas reported that police forces will maintain a presence 24 hours a day in streets, boulevards, ATMs, shopping centers, among other areas where people visit to make purchases at the end and beginning of the year. In addition, he made a vehement call to protect themselves in the current context of the pandemic.
“December Seguro responds to a comprehensive strategy, designed and supported from data analysis, which we have worked interinstitutionally in two ways: one, aimed at counteracting and preventing crime and the other, in operational actions,” Minister Soto explained.
He explained that the operation will be carried out by land, sea and air with the coordinated participation of all Public Security bodies, including those that make up the Public Force (tourist police, mounted police, police officers), Air Surveillance and Coast Guard. Also, Traffic Police, Immigration and Fiscal Control.
As well as Municipal Police and agents of the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ), with the support of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE), the Costa Rican Red Cross, Firefighters and the 9-1-1 Emergency System.
President Carlos Alvarado highlighted the inter-institutional effort developed and requested the collaboration of citizens in the face of the national emergency due to COVID-19. “Rest assured that the police forces will ensure the protection of each person in this country, however, it is also important to take into account that we must protect ourselves from an enemy that is still among us, the pandemic, so we call on citizens to comply with the established sanitary measures ”, he said.
At the same time, he thanked all the members of the security and primary care bodies for the commitment with which they work to protect the Costa Rican population.
Here is a summary of the actions of the police forces of the Ministry of Public Security:
- Public force. It will keep staff reinforcing the city centers, emphasizing the commercial sector such as financial institutions and shopping centers. In addition, in each of the regional directorates, the police will work on generating preventive advice to lottery sellers and the general population to prevent them from being victims of crime.
- National Coast Guard Service. It will use all its human resources and mobile equipment, distributed in its 10 stations in the Pacific and the Caribbean, in order to provide security by land and sea to the population, including national and foreign tourists who go to the beaches with the greatest influx during these dates. .
- Airport Police. They will be focused on maintaining security and crime prevention in the country’s three main air terminals (Juan Santamaría in Alajuela, Daniel Oduber in Guanacaste and Tobías Bolaños in San José), both within the facilities and in neighboring communities.
- Air Surveillance Service. They will have airplanes and helicopters to carry out police operations, operational patrols, ambulance flights, focusing especially on the places with the greatest tourist influx.
- Border Police. It will carry out operations on the northern and southern borders, as well as in the Caribbean, in coordination with Migration, Public Force, Fiscal Control Police and Judicial Investigation Agency, among other institutions, in order to ensure the safety of travelers during their departure and entering the country, as well as preventing the commission of cross-border crimes.