GPD cuts ribbon on new central precinct facility

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Guam Police Department's Central Precinct Command during its unveiling last year . (PNC file photo).

It has been a long wait but the Guam Police Department’s Central Precinct Command is just about ready to move into its new facility which had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning.

Boasting 10,000 square feet of space, the new facility was designed with both police officers and detainees in mind, increasing the amount of workable space the men and women in blue were accustomed to at the Hagatna precinct which only had 1,000 square feet of usable space.

Juvenile offenders will also have privacy as they, too, will have a separate entrance and the layout of the building ensures that they are processed in a controlled environment limiting exposure to adults who may be held in the facility.

Speaking of holding cells, unlike the Hagatna precinct where the holding cells directly behind in the Hagatna detention Center allows for arrested individuals to be held for a 24-hour period, the Sinajana precinct will only hold detained individuals for 12 hours before transferring them to the Department of Corrections.

The new precinct also has new amenities like shower rooms, a fitness room, a lounge and an outdoor area for officers to relax.

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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.