Saturday, April 5, 2014

Puerto Rico: Sixth Superintendent of Police Since 2011 Assumes Duties Pending Senate Confirmation

According to The Associated Press, Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro García Padilla has nominated a 35-year police veteran, retired Col. José Luís Caldero, to head the US territory's troubled 17,000-person police force.

Governor Padilla said Friday (April 4) that retired Col. José Luís Caldero will serve as interim superintendent of police pending approval from the island's Senate for his permanent appointment.

COMMENT: The nomination comes days after Puerto Rico's previous police chief resigned for personal reasons just four months after being named.

Puerto Rico has the second-largest police force in the US with more than 17,000 officers. 

The Department is currently undergoing a ten-year federally mandated reform after a 2011 report accused officers of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations.

Colonel Caldero will serve as the sixth Superintendent of Police in San Juan since 2011.