U.S. Embassy Refurbishes Park in Puntarenas 

The Montes de Oro, Puntarenas, neighborhood has a new park thanks to a U.S. Embassy donation.  The U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated a new playground and recreation area, which included a swing set, climbing equipment, benches, and picnic tables. The donation provided significant grounds work.   The donation is ... Read More»

For the first time, Canine Police Has Its Own Veterinarian Clinic

The U.S. Embassy coordinated with the Costa Rican Ministry of Justice to establish the first veterinarian clinic of the Penitentiary Police K-9 Unit. It will also serve other police corps K-9 units. The embassy provided the construction materials, and the ministry supplied the labor through its prison work program. In this clinic, canine agents will ... Read More»

United States Collaborates Taking UCR and UNA Admission Test to Alto Guaymí

For the first time, the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National University (UNA) admission tests reached students in Alto Guaymí aboard one of the helicopters of the Aviation Program that the U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) developed with the Air Surveillance Service of the Ministry of Public ... Read More»

New Canine Agents Reinforce Costa Rican Police Corps

Several Costa Rican police corps were reinforced with 17 new drug and explosives detection canine agents donated by the U.S. Embassy International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office. As part of the cooperation with public security authorities, INL also financed the training of eight instructors and 16 dog handlers who work for the Fuerza ... Read More»

United States Opens Safe Spaces in Limón 

Limón residents have four new Safe Spaces where they receive lessons to develop their skills in arts, music, and sports.  U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles officially inaugurated the spaces, which were funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and are located in Matina, Siquirres, Sixaola, and Limoncito.   “Limón is a province with a lot ... Read More»

United States and Costa Rica Announce Juntos por Limón

On June 30, U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles and Minister of Public Security Mario Zamora announced Juntos por Limón (Together for Limón), a joint effort between the United States and Costa Rica to bring more prosperity and security to the Costa Rican Caribbean province. Juntos por Limón reflects the U.S. commitment to strengthen public security and ... Read More»

United States Opens Safe Spaces in Limón 

Limón residents have four new Safe Spaces where they receive lessons to develop their skills in arts, music, and sports.  U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles officially inaugurated the spaces, which were funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and are located in Matina, Siquirres, Sixaola, and Limoncito.   “Limón is a province with a lot ... Read More»

San Carlos, Heredia, Cartago and Desamparados Have More Voices against Domestic Violence

Thanks to the program Hacete Escuchar (“Make Yourself Heard”) developed by U.S. Embassy San Jose’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) office, 296 young people received virtual training to learn to detect domestic violence, seek help, develop self-esteem, build trust, recognize signs of abusive relationships, learn about 9-1-1, and how not to be afraid to ... Read More»

Offices of Women’s Affairs Across the Country Receive Personal Protection Equipment

The U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated hand sanitizer, gloves, face shields and digital thermometers to Offices of Women’s Affairs located in 72 municipalities nationwide. The donation, valued at USD 8,700, brings support to the vital work that the Office of Women’s Affairs performs in the country.  The office ... Read More»

INL Project Receives National Recognition

The U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) project Prevention Homes was rewarded with the National Jorge Debravo Youth Award. The Prevention Homes offer academic tutoring, music, gardening, cooking, handicrafts, silk screen print-making, and karate classes to young students, as well as psychological support for minors whose development and welfare are at risk. INL supports these homes ... Read More»

Make Yourself Heard!

The Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Embassy launched a special campaign to encourage youth to make themselves heard and raise their voice against domestic violence. The Campaign Make Yourself Heard: The Walls Do Not Speak, You Need To! explains what domestic violence is with clear messages on relationships ... Read More»

The United States Celebrates Costa Rica’s Coast Guard 20th Anniversary

As part of the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Embassy announced the donation of the services of a special adviser to create the comprehensive 10-year strategic plan for Costa Rican Coast Guard Service, maintenance sheets, tutorial videos, and a commemorative book. The Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Building and Armored Vehicles to Costa Rican Police Force

San Jose, February 7th, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated a K-9 building to Costa Rica’s investigative police, as well as four armored vehicles to the Ministry of Public Security and the Judicial Police. The building will provide a space for judicial officers to receive canine training ... Read More»

Municipalities Have New Motorcycles to Protect Their Communities

The Bureau of International Narcotics Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated six Suzuki DR-650 motorcycles to the municipalities of Alajuelita, Mora and Desamparados. Each municipality received two motorcycles that, according to mayors, will support and improve their citizen security programs. Read More»

First National City Planning Meeting

The U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) organized the first national city planning encounter, a space to reflect on the importance of social inclusion and a space to impact people’s lives positively. INL has invested $140,000 in this project and expects to invest half a million dollars more in the upcoming years ... Read More»

Restorative Justice: An Alternative for Juvenile Offenders

The U.S. Embassy, through the office of International Narcotics and Law, donated $650,000 to the National Center of State Courts in order to expand resources available for juvenile offenders and victims of juvenile offenders going through restorative justice proceedings. The donation will also go towards providing restorative justice training to justice sector officials, as well ... Read More»

Four Helicopters Donated by the U.S. Government Are Now Operational

Four helicopters arrived in Costa Rica nearly a month ago as part of a two-year program between Costa Rica and the U.S. Embassy. The Costa Rican government will use these aircrafts to enhance their fight against illegal drug trafficking and increase the country’s capability to attend to crisis related to natural disasters. During this two-year ... Read More»

Interceptors Enhance Security in Costa Rica

The Bureau for Antinarcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated the two 38’ interceptors, equipped with state of the art technology to the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service. The two vessels are valued at USD 750,000 each. With this donation, the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service will have an increased capacity to survey ... Read More»

Four Helicopters Arrived in the Country to Be at the Service of Costa Rica

Four UH-IST helicopters arrived in the country aboard a Globemaster C-17. These aircrafts are part of the Aviation Program that the United States has with Costa Rica. Once the two-year program has ended, the aircrafts will be transferred permanently, after two years, to the Air Surveillance Service (SVA) of the Ministry of Public Security. The ... Read More»
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