378 police isolated as preventive COVID-19 measure

By John McPhaul

Puerto Rico Police Bureau Commissioner Henry Escalera Rivera offered updated data on COVID-19 in the barracks and agency staff on Wednesday, saying that 378 officers are currently isolated as a preventative measure.

At the moment, three stations and/or work units are closed as a preventive measure: the Finance Division, the Las Piedras District and the Caguas Area Office of Administrative Investigations, Escalera Rivera said in a written statement.

Since the emergency arose, 3,296 agents have been reinstated to their duties. Meanwhile, 136 agents have currently reported positive results for COVID-19, according to the tests ordered and certified by Dr. María del Carmen Calderón.

Officers assigned to neighboring barracks have been appointed to those affected in order to reinforce preventive patrolling and deal with reported complaints.

A decontamination and deep cleaning process is carried out in all police stations and closed units, Escalera said. The opening of the facilities will be announced shortly, according to the recommendations of the medical staff.

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