The secretary of the DSP, Pedro Janer (right) and the Police Commissioner, Henry Escalera (left), reported that they delivered the list of policemen and other public employees that the Department of Labor registered among those who requested the PUA. (Archive)
The Police and the Department of Public Safety (DSP) have already provided the Department of Labor (DT) with the list of police officers and other public employees who have applied for assistance from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA, for its acronym in English).
Upon leaving an activity in the Capitol, the secretary of the DSP, Pedro Janer, said today that he did not have the figure at hand, but confirmed that it had already been delivered to the DT.
“(In DT) they got all the numbers,” Janer said.
For his part, the Police Commissioner, Henry Escalera, indicated that he is waiting for the DT's reply confirming that those employees illegally requested the benefit to initiate the corresponding administrative investigations.
“A certification was made and sent to the DT, and they have to inform us if those (names) that were sent, as active employees, were entitled or not entitled (to the PUA),” said Escalera, who at the time of the interview he did not remember the final figure.
He added that “what was certified is that the Police had some employees on the list of assets. Some were taken (which are no longer there) and sent to DT ”.
“If any member of the Puerto Rico Police requested help from the DT, you have to verify if they were entitled. That has to be established by the DT. If there is any irregularity, an administrative process begins ”, he stated.
The DSP is one of several government agencies that have been in the process of “purging” the lists received by the DT with names of public employees who allegedly requested the PUA, to which they would not be entitled because they were on the payroll.
The process corresponded to confirming if these people are still employees of the agency, since names of some who no longer work in the government have already emerged.