DHS to ex­pand Op­er­a­tion Caribbean Re­silience in Puerto Rico


As part of the US Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s (DHS) con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to pub­lic safety in Puerto Rico, the Depart­ment will ex­pand Op­er­a­tion Caribbean Re­silience. The op­er­a­tion, which fo­cuses on in­ter­rupt­ing and dis­man­tling crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as iden­ti­fy­ing and ar­rest­ing in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in Puerto Rico, will be ex­panded through Septem­ber 2013 and will re­ceive ad­di­tional agents and re­sources.

Op­er­a­tion Caribbean Re­silience is a joint ini­tia­tive led by US Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions (HSI) with sup­port from US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion and US Coast Guard, in­clud­ing the Puerto Rico Po­lice Depart­ment and the Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice De­part­ments of San Juan, Ponce, and Toa Alta. DHS is aug­ment­ing the lo­cal en­force­ment ef­forts with 30 ad­di­tional HSI spe­cial agents and re­sources. Their ef­forts will fo­cus on high in­ten­sity crime ar­eas with a nexus to transna­tional crim­i­nal op­er­a­tions. Since its in­cep­tion in Jan­uary 2012, Op­er­a­tion Caribbean Re­silience has led to 560 fed­eral and state ar­rests.

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