Governor Meets with Security Agencies on Anti-Crime Plan
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla met with security agencies at the local and federal levels on Tuesday to evaluate the strategies contained in the administration’s anti-crime plan, La Fortaleza officials informed.
Among the topics discussed during the encounter, which is held periodically and was the first of its kind this year, was a review of the collaborative agreements between law-enforcement agencies.
Douglas Leff, the recently appointed special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), San Juan Division, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Cole were on hand at the meeting.
Also present were officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); as well as Fortaleza Chief of Staff Grace Santana; Justice Department Secretary César Miranda; Puerto Rico Police Superintendent José Caldero; and general prosecutor José Capó.
“The bilateral support between the federal authorities and the security component at the state level has been a key aspect in the fight against crime and the clarification of multiple cases,” García Padilla said. “The drastic drop in crime rate registered during the last three years has been mostly due to such a close collaboration.”