28191Re: The Gendarmes of Costa Rica. Mostly nice guys., i agree!
- Feb 1, 2005
> This is the moronic, lovely, chaotic life in Costa Rica. It isbetter than anyplace else I have lived.
Oh I agree, i am from Texas, and never in my life have i felt good
about seeing a policeman come my way... until costa rica. many people
do not understand there's a difference between your municipal fuerza
and the police that have arresting powers. most likely your municipal
police DO NOT have arresting powers, but in fact their function is to
MEDIATE. this is great. i read the government papers (online) from the
defensoria of the habitantes which had statistics on denuncias and
crime. it was found that MOST legal issues involving the police
derived from MISUNDERSTANDINGS. logically then, the answer is to have
a police force whose primary duty is to mediate! it's great, isn't it?
wouldn't change it for the world.
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