230 officers in the downtown is first Christmas contingent

The security ministry is sending some 230 police officers into the metro area to set the stage for an even larger contingent in late November.

This is the seasonable effort to safeguard shoppers and workers with substantial sums due to a Christmas bonus.

Basically the police want to grab or scare away the crooks well before the Christmas season. If past practices are followed, police also will be checking out cheap hotels and boarding houses for wanted persons and illegal immigrants.

In addition to officers on patrol, there will be 13 towers, including eight in the downtown area. Many have been up all year so that officers can look down and observe the crowd.

The Fuerza Pública is only one police force on guard in San José.. There is a municipal police force that has a significant showing on the downtown pedestrian mall.

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