The Fuerza Pública said Monday that it will field 1,000 officers at the height of the pilgrimage to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago.
The police plan to be out in force for the weekend of July 27 and 28 when many in the metro area will make their hike to Cartago.
The police deployment begins this Saturday with officers posted at strategic points along routes to the basilica. The police presence will be stepped up as the Aug. 2 feast day of the Virgen de los Ángeles approaches. There also will be police in the rural areas of the country because people will be hiking from there.
Each year more than a million pilgrims walk to Cartago from all over Central America in the week leading up to Aug. 2.
Some police will remain on duty for two days after the religious service in Cartago as some pilgrims return home.
The Cruz Roja also will be mounting a major operation with aid stations along the route. The traffic police also will be blocking highways to facilitate the pilgrims, particularly Aug. 1. These details are to be announced.
Aug. 2 is legal holiday. The Cartago manifestation of the Virgin is the country’s patroness.