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Puerto Rico police detail federal reform changes

August 16, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s police department has released its first report detailing changes it is undertaking as part of a 10-year federally mandated reform.

Police note they have set aside $20 million again this year to fund the reforms after a 2011 federal report accused officers of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations.

Authorities said they have hired consultants, trained officers on the use of force and established a reform office, and appointed a monitor as part of the changes. Police said in a court filing released Friday that they also have improved the process to file civilian complaints but noted that they are still struggling to resolve a large backlog.

The U.S. territory has roughly 17,000 officers.

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