Bill prohibiting GPD budget from being used for executive security to be introduced

Senator James Moylan (PNC file photo)

With the concerns of depleted finances and resources at the Guam Police Department (GPD), Senator James Moylan will be introducing a measure on Tuesday morning to prohibit the funding of Executive Security from GPD’s budget.

The measure mirror’s what he introduced in the 35th Guam Legislature, as well as amendments to both the 2020 and 2021 Fiscal Year budget bills. The bill never got a public hearing and both amendments failed.

“The issue boils down to two things. Money and assuring the community is safe. No one contends that protection should be provided to the Governor and Lt. Governor, but when it comes to limited government resources, what we need is a plan and not an unlimited credit card,” stated Senator Moylan in a news release. “It is simple, let us free GPD of this responsibility, and allow them to keep the funds for new recruits, equipment, or whatever is needed to keep our neighborhoods safe. When I made an amendment last year to propose this measure, Executive Security expenses for FY 20 were tracking at over $750,000 a year. Imagine how much more in overtime, if travel was allowed for most of 2020,” added Moylan.

The senator said he is merely asking Adelup to propose a plan for Executive Security, inclusive of a budget, which the Guam Legislature can incorporate in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget.

“Whether they intend on using private security, off duty police officers, or even request for the support of the Guam Police Department, just provide us a plan with a set cost, and let us work with this figure, versus the carte blanche system they are currently accustomed to,” Moylan said.

He added: “I provided my daughters a credit card when they went to college, and because I was technically the one paying for those bills, they spent it as it was a money tree. Then I stopped, provided them a fixed allowance instead, and then they learnt to live within their means and spend wisely. If we provide Adelup a fixed budget for Executive Security, taxpayers will see more of their funds being spent on keeping their neighborhoods safer. That should be the priority.”

The legislation will be introduced first thing on Tuesday morning, and a bill number shall be provided shortly after.