SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico officials have named a U.S. marshal to oversee a federally mandated reform of the U.S. territory's police department.
The appointment of New Jersey-based Juan Mattos Jr. was announced Tuesday and has to be approved by a federal judge.
Puerto Rico has 10 years to transform its police agency following a scathing 2011 federal report that accused officers of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations.
Justice Secretary Luis Sanchez Betances has said the government needs up to $80 million for changes in the first two years.
The island has the second-largest force in the U.S. with more than 17,000 officers.