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Costa Rica’s Public Security Minister calls for new organized crime unit after spike in killings

A steadily climbing homicide rate has left Costa Rican authorities struggling to find a strategy to combat increasingly violent and well-organized criminal elements, both international and local.

Costa Rican police join human rights group to launch campaign against LGBT discrimination

A recent survey of National Police officers by the Center for Research and Promotion of Human Rights in Central America found that 25 percent believed that LGBT people had fewer rights under the law than heterosexuals.

Emergency airlift of 7-year-old girl briefly closes Paseo Colón

This is the best reason to sit through a traffic jam on Paseo Colón.

UPDATE: Costa Rica cop accidentally shoots other cop. Several police officers try to cover it up, get fired.

Public security minister admits story about a drive-by shooting was bogus.

Costa Rica police arrest 90 during World Cup match against the Netherlands

More than half the arrests involved domestic violence, despite a government campaign to curb a recent spike in domestic abuse complaints during the World Cup.

Police seize over $100,000 since opening new border checkpoint

In the early hours of Friday morning, police confiscated a cool $38,946 from a Costa Rican man driving to Panama in the latest such seizure.

U.S. beachgoer tries to burn down police station after his arrest in Tamarindo

Police caught the Gringo with the last name Kelarakus minutes after he allegedly broke a car window and stole a laptop computer and other items at the popular tourist beach on Tuesday.

Government shakes up prison leadership after torture allegations

The shift in leadership also followed a controversial decision Wednesday absolving several guards of the death of inmate Johel Araya in 2011 at the same prison.

Costa Rica police seize nearly 2 tons of cocaine this weekend

Costa Rica's battle with international drug traffickers continued this weekend with the Saturday seizure of 1.7 tons of cocaine during two early-morning raids near both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Alleged drug kingpin could be released this month from low-security Costa Rica prison after serving less than half of his sentence

Alexander Leudo Nieves, a Colombian man who the U.S. government accuses of having links to an international drug trafficking cartel, could be released this month from a minimum-security prison in Costa Rica, where he is serving a seven-year sentence on drug-related charges.

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