Chief of police invited to public safety forum

GPD Chief Stephen Ignacio said he has been debriefed on the Attorney General’s investigative findings and report exonerating Aguon.

Police Chief Stephen Ignacio is invited to Thursday’s public safety forum organized by Sen. James Moylan.

This latest community forum on public safety will be held at the Dededo Senior Citizen Center starting at 6:30 p.m.

“We have extended an invitation to the Chief of Police and other stakeholders as we anticipate an array of issues will be conveyed, considering many of the recent unfortunate happenings within the village,” Moylan said in a news release.

This is the third of several community-based forums being organized by Moylan’s office with the intent of listening to the concerns of the residents, sharing some of the measures introduced by the senator, and allowing these events to help create additional action items.

“We would also like to extend an appreciation to Mayor Savares and her team for their assistance in organizing this community event, as it is critical to work collectively with all partners if we are to address this public safety crisis,” Moylan said.

Based on recent forums in the villages of Yigo, Piti, and Asan/Maina, there have been several action items pursued by the senator including legislation to address challenges with the expeditious hiring of peace officers, identifying means to attain additional revenues and resources for more officers, prioritizing public safety, and building on the senator’s Bill 103 which would extend more authority to neighborhood watch programs. The legislation continues to sit in committee awaiting a public hearing.

“Unfortunately many of these resolutions go through a tedious process, but we have to start somewhere and we have to initiate some action. Most importantly, we need to prioritize public safety,” Moylan said.