Police Academy closed as preventive measure after COVID-19 positives

By John McPhaul

Police Bureau Commissioner Henry Escalera Rivera announced Sunday the preventive closure of the Puerto Rico Police Academy in Gurabo after several cadets and instructors tested positive for COVID-19.

“We were informed that two cadets and four faculty members received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19,” Escalera Rivera said in a written statement. “Immediately, we made the determination to pause the operations of the Academy to carry out decontamination and deep cleaning. Likewise, arrangements were made with the Puerto Rico Physicians & Surgeons Association, which will collaborate in carrying out drive-thru molecular tests for all the cadets and the outstanding personnel at the Academy.”

Escalera noted that the closure decision was made with the guidance of Dr. María del Carmen Calderón, who offers services to the Bureau, and following conversations with Police Academy Director Col. Orlando Rivera Lebrón.

“We will continue to evaluate the situation to make the necessary adjustments and determine the date when operations will resume, following the recommendation of the medical staff and ensuring the health and safety of the cadets, employees and faculty” the island’s top cop said. “Likewise, the corresponding measures will be taken to guarantee that the cadets can comply with the established curriculum.”

Escalera added that the academy will maintain the required number of personnel assigned to surveillance tasks.

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