Guam – With safety being the number one priority of the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration, Guam Police Department chief Steve Ignacio said he is intent on getting more officers on the streets.
For years the department has been faced with a shortage of manpower and resources but Ignacio said he is working with the administration to address these issues.
“It goes back to the shortage we are facing. We are going to have 28 new police trainees starting on Monday. As that training moves forward we get officers out on the streets sooner rather than later,” he said.
While GPD is doing what they can to beef up public safety he said that programs like the Neighborhood Watch are key to combating crime in the community. He highlighted the recent arrest made during a home invasion in Ordot-Chalan Pago which was a result of the victim notifying her village’s Neighborhood Watch chat group of the incident.
He also acknowledged that Golden Week went off without a hitch, with no reported crimes against tourists. Prior to that, according to Ignacio, they noticed an increase in robberies in Tumon. They dedicated their resources to address and prevent these incidents from happening in the area.
For the overall safety of the community, Ignacio said GPD has close to $1 million in Department of Interior funding that will be used to buy an additional 12 to 15 patrol cars. Another two patrol cars will be purchased through the use of the patrol vehicle revolving fund.
Ignacio said it is his intention and goal to get more police officers on the road.
“We continue to always look at our organization and if we have to shift people around to address an increase in crimes at certain times, we will,” Ignacio said.