Rosselló Presents Bill in Favor of Puerto Rico Police
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Sunday that he will present a bill to authorize Puerto Rico Police officers to work as security officers during their spare time at public and private establishments.
“Through legislation, we will allow police officers to extra hours as part of an agreement with outside entities that can request their services while they carry out their job as uniformed officers,” the governor explained.
Rosselló acknowledged that, historically, the police has had a problem paying overtime to its officers, and that due to the agency’s wage scales, many officers are forced to seek part-time jobs to “complete their incomes.”
However, he didn’t determine if the proposed authorization to work outside the agency implies that the Police department will become a security agency that will offer work for hire to private entities or if officers may be hired separate from the police force to offer private security services.
The governor said the administration is evaluating different ways of contracting and assured that officers will be able to, voluntarily, work additional hours.
“This is something that has been implemented in different ways in other jurisdictions,” Rosselló stated, adding that the measure “will help us fight crime.”