Puerto Rico leaders meet to fight rise in brazen daylight violence

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of government officials and community leaders are meeting in Puerto Rico's capital to brainstorm ways to fight drug trafficking and other crimes as the U.S. territory faces a dwindling police force and an increase in brazen daylight violence.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Tuesday that reforming the island's prison system is one of several measures he believes are needed to reduce crime. He said his administration also will take unspecified immediate action to make the island safer but warned it wouldn't be "an overnight homerun."

The number of reported killings in Puerto Rico are down compared with last year, but officials say they worry that an increasing number of them are being committed during the day and in busy public areas.

 

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