As part of an initiative to get more involved and make a positive impact on the community, officers from the Guam Police Department visited a local middle school earlier today.
Dressed in their pressed uniforms, officers from the Guam Police Department walked into the courtyard of Benavente Middle School to be greeted by students excited to see them.
As their classmates played games and sold snacks as part of their campus holiday carnival, students asked the attending officers questions about being in law enforcement.
According to GPD Chief Stephen Ignacio, having officers interact with students is one of the ways the department instills security within the community.
“They see the officers and they understand that it’s good to make the right decisions and we become more positive in their lives. And we let them know that we’re with them and not adversarial in nature,” Ignacio said.
Ignacio adds that officers not only visit school campuses but also hold workshops and attend career day activities. He also says that with the increased presence of GPD officers around the island’s schools, there has been a decrease in incidents such as riots.
Jon Fernandez, the superintendent of the Guam Department of Education, says these outreach efforts from GPD have been beneficial in connecting students with law enforcement officers.
“They’re here to take care and watch out for the kids’ safety and talk about the proactive efforts to get kids on the right track and get them to be positive role models in the community,” Fernandez said.