20 more tourism police officers have basic English

Some 20 more tourist police officers have completed a course in the basics of the English language.

They join some 150 of their colleagues who speak a second language, according to the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

The 20 awarded certificates Monday studied at the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano under
the sponsorship of the British Embassy, said the ministry. They will be working in Guanacaste.

Officials said that the Policía Turística has 300 members. It is a new unit formed in the previous administration of Óscar Arias Sánchez specifically to help visitors and keep a close eye on places where they might congregate.

The ministry said that other officers speak French, Italian and Mandarin.

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