US, Puerto Rico sign deal to reform police agency

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged $10 million on Wednesday to the Puerto Rican government as it finalized a deal to reform the U.S. territory's police agency, which has long been accused of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations.

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Since: Sep 12

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

#1 Jul 18, 2013
I don't see what all the fuss is about. First Police officers should be taught how to drive. No cutting in line, use turn signals, use seatbelts, no talking on cellphones, inspect vehicles before leaving the station house for operable lights, broken windows etc. not to throw trash from the windows. After completing this course, place stickers on the back of the vehicles stating "If you see this vehicle being driven in..........". Once the complaints start to decline turn them loose on the public. If the Police start obeying the laws they are supposed to enforce, the public will fall in line. First group to target would be dump trucks with sirens, unmarked cars with blue lights, school buses driving with flashing yellow and red lights, driving on the shoulder or breakdown lane. Giuliani succeeded in cleaning NYC by going after quality of life issues. It is obvious the Island needs outside assistance to tackle the murder problem.

Since: Dec 12

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#2 Jul 18, 2013
Only $10 million for our nations 2nd largest police department?.

Especially with PR being on the front lines of the drug war and the islands problems with illegal immigration?(Yes. Separate departments. However, there is certain amount of spillovers)...Besides, some monies should be allocated just to specially train some officers in handling domestic abuse.

That amount is an insult. What a pittance!

I suppose. It's better than nothing.

Since: Dec 12

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#3 Jul 18, 2013
JMWinPR wrote:
I don't see what all the fuss is about. First Police officers should be taught how to drive. No cutting in line, use turn signals, use seatbelts, no talking on cellphones, inspect vehicles before leaving the station house for operable lights, broken windows etc. not to throw trash from the windows. After completing this course, place stickers on the back of the vehicles stating "If you see this vehicle being driven in..........". Once the complaints start to decline turn them loose on the public. If the Police start obeying the laws they are supposed to enforce, the public will fall in line. First group to target would be dump trucks with sirens, unmarked cars with blue lights, school buses driving with flashing yellow and red lights, driving on the shoulder or breakdown lane. Giuliani succeeded in cleaning NYC by going after quality of life issues. It is obvious the Island needs outside assistance to tackle the murder problem.
Bloomberg has really cracked the whip on officers and emergency service vehicles taking liberties in traffic when there is no actual emergency.

Since: Oct 12

West Islip, NY

#4 Jul 18, 2013
El cacique wrote:
Only $10 million for our nations 2nd largest police department?.
Especially with PR being on the front lines of the drug war and the islands problems with illegal immigration?(Yes. Separate departments. However, there is certain amount of spillovers)...Besides, some monies should be allocated just to specially train some officers in handling domestic abuse.
That amount is an insult. What a pittance!
I suppose. It's better than nothing.
Drugs and border security are Federal responsibilities. Although some border states like Texas, California, and Puerto Rico do have some state level border security involvement.

Texas has a special task force composed of Texas Rangers, DPS Highway Patrol, state game wardens, state park rangers, etc that is assigned specifically to increase security in border towns.

I believe the $10 million is only for one year ... there will be millions more over a 10 year period. This Federal oversight made huge strides in cleaning up the New Orleans PD.

It's also looking like the Suffolk County PD is on a fast track for a similar intervention ...

Since: Dec 12

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#5 Jul 18, 2013
LongIslander1987 wrote:
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Drugs and border security are Federal responsibilities. Although some border states like Texas, California, and Puerto Rico do have some state level border security involvement.
Texas has a special task force composed of Texas Rangers, DPS Highway Patrol, state game wardens, state park rangers, etc that is assigned specifically to increase security in border towns.
I believe the $10 million is only for one year ... there will be millions more over a 10 year period. This Federal oversight made huge strides in cleaning up the New Orleans PD.
It's also looking like the Suffolk County PD is on a fast track for a similar intervention ...
I wasn't aware of further funding in the pipes. This is welcome news. Thank you for the clarification.

So, what will SCPD earmark their additional funding for?.

Since: Dec 12

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#6 Jul 18, 2013

Since: Oct 12

West Islip, NY

#7 Jul 18, 2013
El cacique wrote:
<quoted text>I wasn't aware of further funding in the pipes. This is welcome news. Thank you for the clarification.
So, what will SCPD earmark their additional funding for?.
Hopefully nothing, it's time to cut back on their salaries and benefits - the idea of patrol officers making $200,000/year by 2018 is absurd.

When the Chief of Department gives a prisoner a 'tune up'(complete with emptying out the room) and detectives cover up an attempted murder by an off duty officer you have a serious problem.

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