The Fuerza Pública has a new emphasis on prevention when public schools open Monday for the new year.
The director of the police agency, Juan José Andrade, said that officers will be on the alert for the usual crimes and violations, but they also will be watching out for bullying. There also will be stepped up efforts against drug use, he said.
More than a million youngsters are expected to start school, and police will be stationed in key areas to keep watch.
Also involved with the the traffic police.
Meanwhile there is a last-minute rush to obtain certification for school transports. These have to be renewed each year. Transport ministry officials usually ask parents to be on the alert to make sure that vehicles transporting their children have all the approvals.