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FBI Arrests Ten Puerto Rico Police In Corruption Crackdown

Posted: Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

FBI agents arrested 10 Puerto Rico police officers on Tuesday as the U.S. territory struggles to crack down on corruption during a federally mandated police department reform.

An official who was not authorized to speak to the press because the indictment was still sealed said several of the officers face drug-dealing charges. Some of the arrests took place at police precincts in the capital of San Juan.

No further details were immediately available.

Puerto Rico’s police department is the second largest in a U.S. jurisdiction, and more than 100 officers have been arrested in the past five years as local and federal authorities push to root out corruption.

In 2010, the FBI arrested 89 law enforcement officers across Puerto Rico in what it said was the largest police corruption investigation in the agency’s history.

A year later, U.S. prosecutors issued a scathing report that accused Puerto Rico police officers of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations.

As a result, the island’s police department is undergoing a 10-year federally mandated reform. Authorities say they have hired consultants, trained officers on the use of force, established a reform office and appointed a monitor as part of the changes.

Critics say the reform process has been slow and incomplete, and police officials have acknowledged that they have struggled to resolve a large backlog of civilian complaints.