DOC to seek funding for K9 unit

Department of Corrections (PNC file photo)

Guam – While GPD is combating drugs on the streets, Operation Green Vigilance is in high gear at the Department of Corrections. Depcor is now hoping to get funding to create a K-9 drug unit of their own.

For over a year the Department of Corrections implemented an aggressive campaign to combat prison contraband. Operation Green Vigilance has cracked down on prison contraband through daily unannounced shakedowns of the housing units.

“We’ve put pretty good policies in place for contraband we have been able to control contraband compared to in the past. I know we do daily shakedowns and our findings have proven to be successful. The reality is that all though our ultimate goal is not to have any contraband the reality is there always is,” explained Lamorena.

As in any situation involving a criminal aspect, they are always looking for different ways to get the contraband into the facility

“We are seeing more attempted throw-ins last month we had about three or four throw-ins so that shows us that we are making it more difficult to bring in through the door,” shared Lamorena

“I mean really folks if you have an easement running behind the prison and the main road running by within feet of our facility, its prison its almost expected but we are trying our best to control flow of contraband,” said Warden Borja.

According to the Warden that includes creating a DOC k-9 Unit. At this time Depcor has a memorandum of understanding with the Guam Custom’s and Quarantine K-9 Unit which lends a K-9 Officer and dog to the facility when available to conduct drug sweeps. The last one occurred on Friday.

Lamorena shares that they are looking at applying for federal grants. At this time the MOU with Customs includes the training of four DOC officers to handle Custom’s K9’s. Deputy Director Kate Baltazar shared that tryouts for the program was held about a month ago.

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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.