Federal Judge Gustavo Gelpí, left, on a visit to the Gurabo Police Academy last year. (Gerald López Cepero)
Federal Judge Gustavo Gelpí today extended the prohibition of promotions within the Puerto Rico Police until the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Monitor and the Special Commissioner can evaluate the document submitted by the Uniformed Service to justify said moves.
The promotions in question are to the ranks of inspector, commander, and lieutenant colonel. In essence, the order issued today by Gelpí in an extension of what was already stipulated in mid-September.
In the order published today, Gelpí acknowledges that the Police have provided a draft on their promotion policies for some high-ranking positions. However, he emphasizes that the parties involved “need adequate time to responsibly review, comment and discuss the draft with the Police. The Court orders that no promotions take place until the mentioned parties can make the corresponding recommendations to the Court on whether the promotion policy complies with the Police Reform. “
Gelpí also stated in the order that a status conference will be held next week and that the issue of promotions will be part of the agenda.
Look at Judge Gelpí's order:
Order issued by Judge Gustavo Gelpí today, Monday, October 5. (Capture)