Central precinct facility turned over to GPD

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Guam Police Department's Central Precinct Command during its unveiling last year . (PNC file photo).

It has been three years since the Guam Police Department announced that the village of Sinajana would be the new location for the Central Precinct Command and today they were finally handed the keys to their new home.

A turnover ceremony was held this afternoon at the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority, giving GPD Chief Stephen Ignacio the keys to the $4.2 million central precinct facility.

“I remember the days of being precinct commander for the Hagåtña Precinct, whenever there is a storm coming, we had our officers pull the generators out and we are out there trying to crank the generator, stringing lights, and making sure that we can stay operational during a storm and during times of emergency. This precinct, like Albert said, is built with the best input from prior experiences. GHURA has always been a partner in helping the Guam Police Department build up its capital,” Chief Ignacio said.

Ten times larger than the Hagåtña precinct, Ignacio says the new facility couldn’t have come at a more opportune time as this morning 23 police recruits were sworn in and they now have a facility to meet the needs of the department.

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“Not only the Guam Police Department but the community has a better place that they can come to so that we can better serve them,” Ignacio said.

The Chief says that 31 officers will be assigned to the new precinct which they hope to move into within the first couple of months of the new year.

The Central Precinct Command will serve the areas of Barrigada, Sinajana, Agana Heights, Hagåtña, Mangilao, Asan-Maina, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Yona and Ordot-Chalan Pago.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.