GPD seeks $37 million budget

GPD Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio (PNC file photo)

The men and women in blue filed in at the legislature in hopes that their fiscal year 2020 budget request is approved by legislators.

A total of $37 million is how much money the Guam Police Department will need to maintain public safety within the community next fiscal year.

“That includes primarily the cost to recruit 40 police officers for next year. We add that 40 plus the 24 that we have on hand. So we anticipate with this budget request that we will realize a little over 60 officers in the year if all goes well,” GPD Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio said.

The cost of employing one patrol officer taking into account salary benefits and equipment is about $50,000. While hiring more officers is a priority, Ignacio acknowledges that there is a shortage of officers at precincts around the island

“We do redistribute our personnel and sometimes we draw personnel from within other bureaus. We pull them out and put them on patrol,” Ignacio said.

To help resolve its personnel problem immediately, the department is hoping to entice volunteer police officers who may want to offer their time to the department by increasing the monthly stipend from $250 to $500.

Ignacio says that over the years GPD has seen a reduction in the number of volunteer police officers who actually show up for duty. Currently, there are over 70 volunteers but on a monthly basis, less than 20 volunteers regularly. The department is also looking into ways to obtain federal grants to help offset the department’s 2020 budget.


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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.