Governor enacts program to increase public safety

This is a press release from the Office of the Governor.

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Governor Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio meeting with retired law enforcement officers. (Photo from OOG)

Friday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order No. 2022-10 to increase police presence in the community by directing the temporary assignment of law enforcement officers from other agencies to the Guam Police Department (GPD) and incentivizing retired law enforcement officers to return to service, among other objectives.

More specifically, Executive Order No. 2022-10 accomplishes the following:

  1. Requires the Department of Administration (DOA) to implement an incentive program awarding a bonus of $10,000 for qualified retired law enforcement officers who accept a Limited Term Appointment as a police officer for at least one year,

  2. Requires DOA to develop an exemption policy allowing the temporary assignment of law enforcement officers in other agencies to GPD in excess of current time period limits,

  3. Directs DOA to create a revolving fund for use by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission, and

  4. Expands the Law Enforcement Pay Plan to include Foresters employed by the Guam Department of Agriculture.

“Exactly one month ago, Lt. Governor Tenorio and I met with our retired law enforcement officers to call upon them to join the service once again to increase police presence in the community, and it was clear many remained committed to their oath to serve and protect our people,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “This latest public safety initiative is the culmination of the solutions discussed during those meetings, including the provision of a $10,000 bonus for qualified retired officers who return to service.”

“While GPD prepares to begin a training cycle with the largest number of recruits in recent history, we recognize that these recruits will not begin work for several months,” added Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “Beyond increasing our public safety force, our retired officers can provide additional police presence within our villages, offer mentorship to younger officers, and enhance our community outreach efforts. We look forward to their return and thank them for their continued service to the people of Guam.”

Below is the Governor’s Executive Order:

EO 2022-10 Relative to Enhancing Public Safety by Expanding the Law Enforcement Officer Pay Plan, Establishing the POST Commission Revolving Fund, Establishing etc.