Puerto Rico turns to New York for new police chief

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Associated Press

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 7:03 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — 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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