The Baltimore Police Department is sending nearly a dozen officials to Puerto Rico this summer to recruit bilingual officers — a twofold effort to reduce vacancies and improve communication with the city's growing Hispanic population.
The recruiting trip, for which the Board of Estimates approved more than $20,000 in funding Wednesday, will send 11 police personnel to the Caribbean island between June 19 and June 30.
The funding will cover travel, lodging and other incidental expenses for the officers, as well as an ongoing public relations and media campaign on the island, officials said. The funding for the trip will come from asset forfeitures.
As of last month,...