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Absenteeism in the police is prevalent across the island: ‘It is undeniable that there are notable absences’

Two guild leaders policeman They noted this morning that absences from barracks are visible across the island, after men in uniform were called to protest against the precarious withdrawal scenario they have been facing since 2013.

These public servants have never contributed to Social Security and earn pensions equivalent to 30% and 40% of their highest salary and without a medical plan.

“Other than the photographs, which could have been taken on any shift, the fact is that, compared to regular shifts, there was a significant increase in absenteeism among police officers”said Diego Figueroa, head of the United Front of the Police (FUPO).

Through photos, Figueroa referred to photos shared on social networks where the closed gates are reflected in more than thirty barracks across the island. The photos were – presumably – taken between last night and this morning.

Police denied the existence of closed barracks.

Today, the Puerto Rican Police Office denied the information circulating through social networks that there are closed barracks. Now all the barracks are working,” reads a message posted in the middle of the night on the agency’s Twitter account.

Figueroa noted that absenteeism is reflected in regular shifts, especially since last night. However, it was not able to provide numbers for absences, nor did the police, who, on previous occasions when the so-called “blue flu” occurred, did not publish turnaround numbers to the press.

“Photos with the gates closed can mean many things, such as there is a patient with COVID-19, there are not enough staff to take care of people or there is no police there or just a checkpoint. If there is a checkpoint, it has to be taken,” Figueroa said. Security measures to protect stored weapons and evidence.

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“Now, it is undeniable that there are notable absences beyond what is normal,” he said.

The head of the National Police Council (CONAPOL), Fernando Soler, noted that his figures indicate an average of 1,000 absences per eight-hour work shift, while in “normal” cases, absences can reach 200 or 300 per shift.

“The cops are upset and you can’t withdraw their reasons. This situation, and we must be honest, does not belong to the current government and has resulted from the administration of Alejandro García Padilla who came up with the idea to include law enforcement officers in Law 3-2013.

The Financial Supervisory Board (JSF) has refused to implement Law 81-2020 which, in short, will allow serving police officers to retire at 50% of their current salaries, an amount they will combine, in some cases, with social. Security. Retired police officers as of 2013, who are the hardest hit, remain in limbo despite promises of service fairs, such as the November 9 due date and their potential to qualify for the vital plan.

Soler noted that the balance of mass absences between last night and this morning caused the barracks to be taken over by district leaders. Soller spoke with new day From the Trujillo Alto Barracks, where one police officer reported working the shift from 4:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The absenteeism scenario was seen all over the island“, pointed out.

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