Thursday, October 13, 2011
CMPD's Recruiting Trip to Puerto Rico Nets How Many Spanish Speaking CMPD Recruits?
Policía de Puerto Rico, better known in Puerto Rico as La Uniformada attest a protester.
On Friday Puerto Rico’s Justice Department filed a motion denouncing a scathing U.S. federal report on the island’s police force.
The motion, calls the 116-page federal report unreliable, flawed and biased, and it says the methodology used to reach its conclusion was “rather obscure.”
Still the Caribbean territory is acting to solve problems outlined in last month’s report by the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division. It alleged that the 17,000-officer police force has unnecessarily injured hundreds of people and killed numerous others and that it has routinely conducted illegal searches and seizures.
Not exactly the place you would expect CMPD to try to recruit new police officers, is it? But from May 23 to May 26 of this year CMPD command staff went to the island nation to do just that.
At the time of the trip CMPD Captain Gerald Smith told News14: "Right now, we are probably on track at the minimum, to test about 500 candidates for positions here at the police department".
Smith went on to say the trip to Puerto Rico will help them find Spanish-speaking officers which will help them achieve a more varied police force.
So how did the trip go?
Where any of the recruits from the recent graduating class from Puerto Rico? How many CMPD officers went on the trip? Were spouses allowed to go on the trip as well? What was the cost of the trip?
These are some of the questions that one concerned citizen has been asking CMPD without any success for over a month.
Cedar Posts suspects that the trip was nothing more than a Chief Monroe perk for a couple of his command staff and that the number of officers recruited is zero. But maybe CMPD will provide the answers soon.