SAN JUAN – Homicides in Puerto Rico are down 15 percent compared with a year ago, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Wednesday.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the delivery of $8 million in equipment for the Puerto Rico Police Department, the governor said that 496 murders have been reported so far this year, 86 fewer than at the same point in 2014 and 330 less than in 2012, the year he took office.
“Since my administration began, despite the economic challenges, we have invested more than $40 million in new equipment for the police,” Garcia Padilla said.
Serious crime in Puerto Rico has fallen nearly 25 percent from the levels of 2012, he said.
“This is a permanent struggle because the goal is ambitious,” Garcia Padilla said. “We will continue joining efforts to work together with the federal entities, but also to continue strengthening our police with more resources.”