Fuerza Pública official will head traffic police

The new head of the transport ministry has selected a police officer with a long career as the new Director General de la Policía de Tránsito. The man selected is Mario Calderón Cornejo, who had been serving as a ranking officer in the Fuerza Pública.

He has a degree in criminology.

Carlos Segnini, minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, said that Calderón will apply his background in human resourses, tactics and police strategies.

Usually the head of the traffic police comes from the ranks of that agency.

Alexander Solano Quirós, a 14-year traffic officer and a lawyer, was named subdirector.

Traffic police officers have been arrested for seeking bribes and other offenses.  Segnini’s decision to go outside the force appears to be an effort to combat corruption. Both men promise zero tolerance for wrongdoing.

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