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Change in Nosara District Police Headquarters
Tourist Police Turn Lead Over to Nicoya

By Emiliana Garcia

On Thursday, January 13th, the Nosara district police headquarters were turned over to Nicoya’s Fuerza Publica, no longer being a part of Guiones’ Tourist Police, as it had been since November, 2009.

The decision was made during a meeting held on Wednesday, January 12th at the FUCAN events hall in downtown Nosara.

The decision was made by Guanacaste’s Tourist Police chief, Luis Chavarria, and by Nicoya’s delegation chief, Ronald Alvarez, because district delegations respond to their cantonal delegations and not to the Tourist Police. “We are currently following the rules”, Chavarria said.

Although the Nosara district had always responded to Nicoya’s delegation, in November 2009, the lead was given to the Tourist Police in response to complaints issued by the area’s residents about corruption that had allegedly taken place during the Fuerza Publica’s previous administration.

José Mora Gómez, chief of Nosara’s Fuerza Pública, said, “Our goal is to restructure the police force image.”

Chavarria explained that the same officers will stay in the area, “We (the Tourist Police) are not going anywhere, we are not going to weaken Nosara’s security,” he added.


Unable to Meet Expenses.

Nosara’s Security Committee an organization that finances rental and office expenses for Guiones’ Tourist Police, reported that it has enough funds to pay for only “two or three more months worth of rent.’’

According to the Committee’s report, approximately USD $1,200 per month are spent and, by mid-January 2011, the Committee had a little over USD $3,000 to meet upcoming expenses.

Representatives from the Tourist Police who attended the meeting explained that if the Committee is unable to raise more funds, they do not have the resources to meet these expenses and therefore, the only way to retain their services would be to transfer their police officers to Nosara’s police headquarters.

However, since the delegation is facing an order to close issued by the "Ministerio de Salud" over a year ago, it is likely that they will have to leave the area.

“This would not mean that Nosara will be left out of the Tourist Police’s map of interest. We are always willing to come back”, mentioned Chavarria.


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