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.