22 trained and certified for canine ops

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The canine unit with the Policía Penitenciaria trained around 22 officers from the different security forces in the country as canine instructors and guides.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, the 22 students graduated last Friday. Six of the officers belong to the border police, four are part of the Fuerza Pública, another four are members of the prison police and five are part of the air surveillance unit. The other spots are rounded off by members of San José’s municipal police force and the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The justice ministry said that four were certified as instructors while 18 were certified as canine guides. The training course was sponsored by the United States Embassy where students were put through several weeks of practice environments at the Escuela de Capacitación Penitenciaria.

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