Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced met on Wednesday afternoon with U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, Douglas Leff, head of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the island, the new Secretary of Justice Dennise Longo and Elmer Román, secretary of the Department of Public Security, to discuss crime, security, and law enforcement initiatives.

At the end of the meeting, Rodríguez and Román announced the creation of a Carjacking Task Force led by the FBI, a petition of the governor. Since the year started, 382 carjackings have been reported, 34 more armed car robberies than last year.

Román explained that the specialized group would include municipal police officers from Bayamón, Carolina, Caguas, Guaynabo, and San Juan, the areas hardest hit by the increment in this type of crime.

“On Monday, I am going to talk to the municipal commissioners about sharing resources,” Román told reporters.

The exact amount of officers needed has not been decided, but Rodríguez said that each municipality could contribute three or four.

“This task force is going to be dedicated solely to carjackings. We have seen in the past that when we join forces we get results,” she indicated.

Prior to the meeting, Rodríguez talked about the pending federal arrests on corruption cases, that her office is currently investigating.

Are we going to see arrests by the end of the month? THE WEEKLY JOURNAL inquired.

“Well... at the beginning or middle of next month, yes. It is going to be a little bit of everything,” Rodríguez answered also leaving the door open for arrests related to other types of crimes. “We don´t reveal that information... it is confidential. We don´t tell anyone, not even the governor (the date of the arrests).

“People that break the law have to respond for their actions,” Rodríguez insisted.