GPD plans to expand safe exchange zone program

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The Safe Exchange Zone is a designated area in a police precinct parking lot for people to peacefully and safely do sale exchanges they have made online. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Police Department is working to expand the safe exchange zone program at the northern and southern precincts soon.

The Safe Exchange Zone is a designated parking lot for island residents to safely do sale exchanges they’ve been made online.

It was launched in late January and is spearheaded by Devon Martinez, who is a victim’s advocate with GPD’s domestic assault response team.

This initiative is attributed to the major increase in online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Currently, there are parking stalls designated for the safe exchange zone at the central precinct command in Sinajana.

GPD spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao said there have been additional parking slots identified at the northern precinct command in Dededo.

However, the department is still working to locate stalls for the southern precinct command in Agat.

Tapao stated that there’s been a lot of traction from the community.

“I am personally assigned to the central precinct command. I have seen on occasions and days the stalls that are being used,” Tapao said.

He encourages all island residents and listeners of Newstalk K57’s Trader Horn show to utilize the safe zones during exchanges for online purchases.

“It’s a good way to feel safe doing exchanges while on the Trader Horn. Utilize the safe shopping zone that is designated here at the central precinct,” Tapao said.

He added that no arrests have been made for any illegal purchases or reports of suspicion at the safe zones.

The zones are available for public use from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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