A total of 16 brand-new vehicles are now part of the fleet of the Costa Rican Ministry of Justice and Peace’s Penitentiary Police and its K-9 Unit, thanks to a donation from the U.S. Embassy through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, on March 15.
The vehicles are worth more than $1.033 million. Thirteen of them will go to the Penitentiary Police, while the other three will be for the police K-9 Unit.
“The work we do together is crucial to help ensure stability and security in Costa Rica. This donation represents just one of the many ways the United States works with the Ministry of Justice and Peace to improve Costa Rican security,” U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Gloria Berbena said.
Minister of Justice and Peace Fiorella Salazar Rojas thanked the U.S. government for its willingness and goodwill to support the institutions that protect citizens.
“This is a clear example of the support that the U.S. Embassy has traditionally given us, knowing the challenges we confront as we carry out the enormous task of managing the national penitentiary system. These vehicles come to streamline transportation processes in a safe and professional manner,” she said.