Puerto Rico turns to NYC for new police chief

The NYPD's James Tuller Cintron has been selected to be the island's next superintendent of police


Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is turning to a New York official to lead its troubled police department.

James Tuller Cintron has been selected to be the next superintendent of police by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. Tuller is chief of the transportation bureau for the New York Police Department.

The governor introduced Tuller at a news conference Monday in San Juan. Tuller was born in New York but lived in Puerto Rico as a child. He has had a long law enforcement career in New York.

Tuller starts his new job Dec. 1. He replaces Hector Pesquera, a former FBI official who announced his resignation on Thursday after less than two years on the job. Puerto Rico's police force is struggling with low morale, high crime and federally mandated reforms.

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