While neighboring nations turn to their armed forces for help fighting drug trafficking and violence, no-military Costa Rica taps into other approaches.
A leftist candidate is making strides in investment-friendly, centrist Costa Rica in the lead up to this weekend's presidential election.
The commission was created in 2012 in order to design, plan, and certify community police, public prosecutor, and judicial reforms. President-elect Hernandez is in favor of a militarized police force.
A new report out of Mexico details the growing links between Central American Maras and the nation's main criminal groups, highlighting more cross-border gang activity.
Organized crime is adaptable and profit-driven, and in 2014, that could mean moving beyond Mexico and Colombia to a more diverse set of nations.