Puerto Rico police to receive $20M for training

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2011 2:01 PM
Puerto Rico police to receive $20M for training

Puerto Rico's governor says he's allocating $20 million to provide police with more training and resources as the island suffers a record number of killings this year.

Luis Fortuno said Thursday that officers would take new courses on topics including civil rights, abuse of authority and crime scene investigation.

He said the training would also lead to more arrests and convictions.

Fortuno has said he will also set aside $32 million to increase police salaries.

The announcement comes just months after a federal report accused the department of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations. The report demanded that the government adhere to its 130 recommendations, including providing officers with more training.