Governor’s address: Public safety a priority

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Guam – Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s first monthly address highlighted public safety issues on the island. 

Burglaries, sexual assaults, child abuse, and traffic fatalities are some of the pressing issues facing the island that the governor said should be spoken about openly.

The government cannot solve these issues alone, and the administration is intent on leading the effort.

“For the past several months, we have taken a second look at the budgets of our law enforcement agencies to find efficiencies, savings, and unused federal programs and funding. That scrutiny has resulted in more Guam Police Department officers on patrol. Nearly 30 more will be hired within the next month. The same can be said for our Customs Authority which soon will be hiring an additional 20 officers to protect our borders,” the governor said.

Adding more officers on patrol and at our borders helps, but it is only a start, according to the governor. She said more needs to be done to help protect our children, our families, and our properties.

She also applauded the efforts of nonprofit groups in the fight against crimes against persons and the community.

According to the governor, Adelup has taken steps to help families deal with the challenges that crime produces. One of these steps involves including a request for additional social workers in the fiscal year 2020 budget proposal.

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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.