DOC unveils new security and safety upgrades

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Guam – After several years of waiting and planning, the Department of Corrections unveiled their newly installed security system. However, not all housing units received the safety and security upgrades.

After 27 years, the DOC consent decree has been lifted and with that the prison compound is making strides to upgrade the facility and to show the community just how far they have progressed.

The media was taken on a tour beginning with a demonstration of the first completed locking mechanism in Post 17. Vice President of contractor Willow Security, Brian Terry described some of the security features and demonstrated how the locking mechanism works.

“We also have a tamper alarm in it so if the inmate was to tamper with the lock it has an audible sound and also a flash to alert the officers that some one is tampering it.,” said Terry. “The piano hinge here is full stainless steal with a half-inch pin and a ten-gauge leaf. [It also has] a triple bypass DPS and what that means is regular magnets can not trick it and that is what tells the doors is closed. As long as the door is secure they are not going anywhere.”

The first of three units to be completed were displayed during the tour. DOC says the remaining two units will be upgraded within the next five months. In addition to the locking devices, the facility has also added six high definition cameras to the housing unit for increased security.

“This post previously never had any surveillance in here so this should help the officers operate more efficiently and safely,” a DOC representative said.

About 20 cameras will be installed throughout the three units. But that’s not all, as you may recall DOC has also begun replacing the roof skins on the dome housing units. According to Deputy Director Kate Baltazar that project will take 15 days per dome to complete, with a final date of completion set for March.

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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.