President urges approval of new tax at police graduation

Police recruits graduated Wednesday make up a sea of blue as they listen to speeches by officials.

President Laura Chinchilla called upon lawmakers to provide the money for resources as she participated at a graduation of two classes of police recruits.

She praised the 357 new members of the Fuerza Pública as making a sacrifice for their country.

The security ministry said that three more classes are in training, and these contain 550 more officers.

Ms. Chinchilla expects lawmakers to pass a $316 tax on each active corporation in the country to raise some 37 trillion colons, about $74 million, for security.

About $30 million is to support the new police schools. Casa Presidencial pointed out Wednesday that each new
officer costs nearly 3 million colons or about $6,000 during their six and a half months of basic training. There are more than 1,000 class hours.

Lawmakers have approved the corporate tax on first reading, but do not seem anxious to give it final approval. Inactive corporations will pay half.

The ceremony Wednesday was in the Plaza de la Democracia. The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública said that the new officers included 60 women and 297 men.

President Chinchilla has banked heavily on reducing crime by putting more officers on the street. However, persons in towns outside the metro area have reported an increase in criminality because crooks are moving from the more populated areas to the suburbs.

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