Puerto Rico Police receive $6.4 million in owed overtime pay
SAN JUAN – The commissioner of the Public Safety Department’s Police Bureau, Michelle Hernández, confirmed Thursday that the agency has disbursed $6.4 million in overtime pay, which increases the amount paid in 2017 to $54.6 million.
“We processed 5,254 schedules [for the second pay period of the month], or the PPR-432 form police submit to claim their overtime payments. We have worked quickly so they can receive the compensation that corresponds to them,” the commissioner said in a written statement.
She also explained that of the total disbursed Friday, $5.2 million, correspond to hours worked during the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María.
Since July, $27.6 million have been paid for different concepts. Of that amount, the combined, hurricane-related overtime paid amounts to $12.7 million.
To further streamline the process, the commissioner reassigned internal staff to the overtime section, and said they will work nonstop next week as well.
“Historically, in other emergencies, the police have seen the payment of overtime up to a year later. This time we have been diligent; we understand the need of our officers, who have also suffered the impact of the weather events and have the same needs of any citizen and have not failed to fulfill their duty to enforce law and order, going the extra mile,” the police chief said.
To improve the speed of the process, which is currently manual, months ahead of the hurricanes, the Police began an automation plan for overtime pay, and started the pilot project in December.