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.