GPD commemorates National Police Week

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In the tribute video, Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio remembered the fallen officers and asked the community to do the same.

They risk their lives every day, serving and protecting the community, never knowing if they will make it home at the end of the day.

They are our men and women in law enforcement. And this week, we honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Several police officers, two patrolmen, two CVPR officers, a conservation officer, a DEA special agent, a correctional officer, and an airman each gave their lives while serving as a protector.

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Guam Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao shared the tribute put together by the department in celebration of National Police Week which ends Saturday, May 16.

“Today, May 15th, we celebrate our fallen heroes who have gone before us not just in the Guam Police Department but throughout other law enforcement agencies. And the memorial that we have here is a way we can celebrate fallen heroes and lead with the theme ‘Heroes live Forever.” I think it’s perfect because of what’s happening worldwide with COVID-19,” Tapao said.

In the tribute video, Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio is joined by Major Manny Chong in remembering the fallen officers and asks the community to do the same.

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“Even while we remain apart from each other, our community continues to strive together with our nurses, doctors, first responders, and citizens in this shared experience. It is in this spirit of togetherness that we ask you to join the GPD in commemorating our fallen heroes that have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Ignacio said.

He added: “From May 10th to the 16th we celebrate National Police Week … a time when we continue to pay tribute to our fallen heroes and we recognize the achievements of our law enforcement officers as they continue to answer the call as protectors.”

The theme of this year’s National Police Week is “Heroes live forever.” The event recognizes law enforcement officers from all departments across the island who continue to serve today.

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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.