High-ranking San Juan Police officers paid overtime during hurricane emergency
SAN JUAN – Although ordinarily the payment of overtime does not correspond to them, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz announced Wednesday, that 45 lieutenants, 15 captains and 2 inspectors at the municipal police were paid a combined $241,241 for extra hours worked following hurricanes Irma and María.
“Federal law requires that the rank of lieutenant and up must receive the payment of overtime if they work 51% of their day in operational, not administrative, issues. This happened since September because it was an emergency of greater proportions. Regularly, our police enjoy that right up to the rank of sergeant.
“This payment includes the period worked from September 5 to 16 during Irma and from September 17 to 30 during María. As the resources become available, we will continue the practice of paying officers in this emergency in compliance with federal law,” the mayor said in a press release Wednesday.
The greatest amount paid to officers was $3,233 and the least to $202.
Cruz added that on “December 20 we paid the extra hours corresponding to the municipal police officers up to the rank of sergeant for the months of July, August and September. On the same day, overtime was also paid to Municipal Emergency Management Office staff, the Municipal Public Works Department, the Municipal Health Department, the Impact Brigade and the Press, Communications and Protocol Office.”
On that occasion, she said, $1,129,520 was paid to the police and $979,920 to employees of other municipal departments, for a combined $2,109,440.
“As long as the resources are available and the payroll and basic services are guaranteed, we will continue to fulfill our obligations to the municipal employees. This has been the case in the past and will be in the future,” the mayor said.