Governor establishes incentive program for public safety

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To increase police presence within Guam’s community, Governor Leon Guerro signed executive order No. 2022-10 on Friday. Among other things, it establishes a 10 thousand dollar incentive program for retired law enforcement officers to return to service. Additionally, the executive order allows for the temporary assignment of law enforcement officers from other agencies to the Guam Police Department.

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Executive order 2022-10 requires the Department of Administration to create an exemption policy that allows for the temporary assignment of law enforcement officers from other agencies to GPD. More precisely, the executive order also requires DOA to execute an incentive program, which awards a 10 thousand dollar bonus to qualified retired law enforcement officers who agree to a limited appointment term as a police officer for at least one year.

Furthermore, executive order 2022-10 directs the following: DOA will create a revolving fund for use by the Peace Officer Standards and Training and expands the Law Enforcement Pay Plan to include Foresters employed by the Guam Department of Agriculture.

Regarding the signing of EO 2022-10, Governor Leon Guerro stated in part, “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.”

Lutenient Governor Josh Tenorio echoed Governor Leon Guerrero, stating, “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.”