Security Alert U.S. Embassy Costa Rica-Escazu Municipal Police Services Temporarily Suspended

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Location: Escazu, San Jose

Events: Temporary Suspension of Municipal Police Services in Escazu (San Jose)

Embassy contacts have confirmed the Policia Municipalidad Escazu (Escazu Municipal Police or PME, which is the largest police force in Escazu) has temporarily suspended public services after staff tested positive for COVID-19. PME officials have reported that all PME staff are observing mandatory health and sanitary measures in the wake of these tests results. PME currently plans to resume providing public services on August 19, 2020. During this period, PME will not be staffing police stations, conducting public patrols, or answering calls placed to local stations. Residents of Escazu needing emergency police assistance are advised to call 911. The Ministry of Security and Fuerza Publica will be responding to emergency situations in Escazu during this time.

The Embassy will continue to review the situation and will provide additional information as needed.

Actions to take:
-Residents of Escazu in need of police assistance should immediately call 911.

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