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June 30th, 2012
I generally do not write op-ed blog posts, but today Costa Rica has lost a fine man who more than any other, has changed the face of professional law enforcement in Costa Rica. His name is Jorge Rojas Vargas, pictured left, and while I have never met him personally, (or professionally thank God), I would consider it a high honor if someday I might make his acquaintance and shake his hand. He is to me a hero in a land where heros in government are hard to find. I have delayed writing this post because I thought that just maybe… someone in the government might come to their senses and not permit this man to retire from public service. I mean all he really wanted was enough funding for he and his staff to do their jobs. Sadly, that has not come to pass. For shame.
Should you like more info on Mr Rojas and his importance to Costa Rica, read on…Costa Rica, Costa Rica Law, Crime in Costa Rica, Jorge Rojas, Living in Costa Rica, OIJ, Opinion, Organismo de Investigación Judicial, Rants | Comments (6)
February 23rd, 2009
I get a lot of email as you might imagine. The vast majority (well over 99%) of the comments are positive and pleasant.
On occasion though, I get a comment that really frosts my Twinkie. This happened last night and I responded… but then I stewed about it all night! The comment and my reply appear below. I guess what really bothers me is that I spent a huge amount of time writing The REAL Costa Rica and then more time keeping things current both there and here on this Blog. I then get an email from someone who implies that I whitewash Costa Rica. I know, of course that there are people who do not agree either with my opinion or my rather blunt style of writing. Others love it as they really want to KNOW about this country, and they are concerned (rightfully) that they are not getting the facts from other sites that really do nothing but promote Costa Rica. I love living here but as I have written about 20 zillon times, this country is not for everyone. It is right for ME, but only you can decide if it is right for YOU. Anyway, if you wanna listen to me rant a bit, read on. Her quote is exact. No corrections or changes.Costa Rica, Crime in Costa Rica, Culture Shock, Life in Costa Rica, Moving to Costa Rica, Real Estate | Comments (59)
January 31st, 2009
In the United States, shooting, assaulting and of course killing a police officer is a huge deal. The police simply do not rest until the perpetrator has been caught, and they are non too gentle in the process. This is as it should be because when something like that happens, it is not simply an assault on that officer, it is an assault on all police officers and more important, it is an assault on society.
Whether or not you are a supporter of the police, the one unassailable fact is that they represent just about the only line between you and a very nasty group of people who pay little attention to the law. A complete lack of respect for law enforcement is a harbinger of anarchy.Costa Rica, Crime in Costa Rica, Life in Costa Rica, Living in Costa Rica, Opinion, Rants | Comments (17)
January 25th, 2009
Some time ago, I blogged about the increasing tension between Costa Rica and its immediate neighbor to the North, Nicaragua. I thought it was one of my better semi-humorous efforts (see it here), but I was recently taken to task for my opinions by alert reader EJ. While I think EJ perhaps overreacted to my post, his comments are really good if a bit emotional, and are worth discussion as the complex relationship between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is something we deal with every day.Costa Rica, Crime in Costa Rica, Immigration Law, Nicaragua, Politics | Comments (10)
December 18th, 2007
I just HATE to write these kinds of posts. I know how blogs like mine can and do affect tourism. On the other hand, if the country continues to not support those branches of government charged with protecting the people… well then so be it. They cannot expect good press about bad situations. Perhaps the loss of tourist dollars will get them off their collective traseros!
I live here and I love this country so to write something bad just makes me very sad. Here again though, I must write about the crime that is causing serious issues in San Jose, the capital. Please note I am not writing about the whole country, just San Jose… but for now, I must caution my readers to be very cautious if they must drive in San Jose, especially the downtown area.
The bad guys are winning.Costa Rica, Costa Rica Tourism, Crime in Costa Rica, Expatriate Life, Life in Costa Rica, Living in Costa Rica, Travel, Travel to Costa Rica | Comments (101)
July 23rd, 2007
There are a number of police organizations here in Costa Rica. All are terribly underfunded and thus badly understaffed.
I think the one police organization that receives the most respect is the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) and when spoken of locally is called the Oh EEE Hota. They are sort of the FBI of Costa Rica, but with more powers and less silly limitations placed on their work.
They are certainly the most selective of all the police agencies and have a rather interesting criteria for accepting new recruits. Of every 100 applicants, only 10 make it. There are extensive psychological and physical tests that each must pass. They are also subject to an extensive background check that includes not only their behavior and records, but their life style and behavior within their own family. Automatically disqualified are those that show any signs of drinking problems, friendships present or past with anyone of ill repute, or any other behavior that shows lack of judgment.Costa Rica, Crime in Costa Rica, Expatriate Life, Life in Costa Rica, Living in Costa Rica | Comments (6)
January 6th, 2007
I get a fair number of emails asking about crime in Costa Rica… so maybe it is time to cover this topic once more.
Crime here, it is getting worse and I have no problem saying so. It is certainly different than when I first stepped off the boat. Saying that though, the crime is pretty well confined to two areas: San Jose (the city), and areas where tourists congregate. It is NOT country wide.
This is true for the US as well. A small town in Iowa is NOT the same as life in LA.Costa Rica, Costa Rica Residency, Crime in Costa Rica, Expatriate Life, Life in Costa Rica, Living in Costa Rica, Rants, Retire in Costa Rica, Travel | Comments (102)