SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico is turning to a New York official to lead its troubled police department.
James Tuller Cintron has been nominated to be superintendent of police by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. Tuller is now 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 Puerto Rico but left the island as a child and has had a long law enforcement career in New York.
He replaces Hector Pesquera, a former FBI official who announced Thursday that he is stepping down Nov. 15 after less than two years in the post. Puerto Rico's police force is struggling with low morale and high crime and federally mandated reforms.