• The San Juan Daily Star

Police back on the job after weekend walkout

Puerto Rico Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa

Por The Star Staff

Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa announced on Monday that with some 5,000 police officers returning to their duties after a weekend work stoppage, the operations of the Puerto Rico Police Bureau have returned to normal.

“Around 5,000 police officers showed up today for their corresponding work shifts in the morning,” López Figueroa said in a written statement.

The police commissioner said he anticipated that the same pattern of attendance for work shifts would hold, which would allow officers to return to traditional shifts and operations in the various police areas to continue.

Over the Halloween weekend, 14 homicides were recorded on the island, and several people were wounded by gunfire. Half of the slayings occurred in the Río Piedras sector of San Juan.

Many precincts around the island closed their gates as police officers demanding better pay and retirement benefits stayed home.

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