The Government is arming park rangers with 330 weapons and 300 bulletproof vests to confront hunters, poachers, and drug traffickers in protected areas. Additionally, these officials will be recognized with a salary bonus for those in dangerous jobs.
The park rangers who work in conflict zones, such as the Osa Conservation Area, must have a way to deter criminals who are themselves carrying weapons such as 9 millimeters and AK47s.
The decision to arm the rangers comes from the National System of Conservation Areas following a demonstration of dozens of park rangers demanding safer conditions to work.
Part of the plan is that the Ministry of Justice and Peace will conduct free psychological tests to Sinac officials for the permit to carry weapons.
135 weapons have already been purchased and the rest will be produced and imported between now and September.
In addition to the weapons and vests, $3 million has been invested in structural improvements of 21 operational posts and 50 new positions were opened for directors of conservation areas, technical jobs and radar operators.
For some reason I think that this is not a good idea and the weapons will be sold to the criminals but lets see what happens. But seriously you are paid $800 a month and have to give up your life for a sea turtle….yes I love the turtles but pretty sure most Costa Ricans are not going to sacrifice themselves for one.