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Rosselló Presents Bill in Favor of Puerto Rico Police

By on April 3, 2017

A transit police officer directs the flow of traffic at an intersection in San Juan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, after a massive blackout hit Puerto Rico Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least 1.5 million people without power overnight and into the following day. Repair crews are trying to restore electricity on the island after a fire at Aguirre power plant blacked out the entire U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

A transit police officer directs the flow of traffic at an intersection in San Juan. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

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.”


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