CNMI press secretary : Not closing down police and fire stations

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With the CNMI Government about the tighten its belt and cut employee work hours, the Governor’s Press Secretary Kevin Bautista said CNMI has a different approach when it comes to handling its emergency responders.

CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres just recently announced a 72-hour work week, which would close all non-essential government offices every payday Friday beginning July 5.

Bautista, on Newstalk k57, said critical government functions, including emergency first responders, will be kept on rotational shifts. “Where they can take over or receive private sector payments and other government payments,” he said.

“Unlike Guam, we are not planning on closing down any police stations and fire stations,” Bautista said.

Bautista added that by law, police officers are allocated 86 hours, and over time may not be given after that. However, a lot of the details on how and when the Commonwealth will solve this revenue shortfall won’t be known until ongoing plans for next fiscal year’s budget is firmed up.