GPD awarded over $1 million to hire more officers

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Congresswoman Madeline Bordallo shared good news for the Guam Police Department, as the Justice Department awarded over one and a half million dollars to hire more police officers.
Guam – According to a release from Congresswoman Madeline Bordallo, $1,660,578 dollars will go to hiring 15 police officers. This is part of the 2017 COPS Hiring Program, which is a competitve grant program that funds the hiring or re-hiring of law enforcement officers.

The Congresswoman adds, that the C-H-P provides 75 percent of the approved entry level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired or re-hired full time officer over the three- month grant period.

According to GPD Major Andrew Quitigua, this is the largest amount of funding for Police Officer recruitment since 2011 when GPD was awarded nearly 1,300,00 dollars for the recruitment of 12 police officers.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.