Guam – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning at the Tumon Sands Plaza, the new home for Guam Crime Stoppers administrative offices. GCS is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to put criminals where they belong, “Behind Bars”.
The non-profit organization operates successfully through partnerships with the community, the media and law enforcement. Relying on generous donations from sponsors, the organization is able to offer monetary rewards for tips that result in an arrest, recovery of stolen property, illegal narcotics, or a combination thereof.
Founded in 1985, the organization allows members of the community to anonymously communicate with law enforcement, and as they say “It is community policing at its best!” Sorensen Media Group’s Director of Radio Operations, Kyle Mandapat, also serves as GCS Vice Chairman. He expressed his excitement on the opening of the new office space.
“Having an office like this is phenomenal it gives us an opportunity to have a place, a setup, a station I guess you would say, an opportunity for us to continue to offer the services that we have, but now out of a home base. Up until this point we have never had an office or headquarters before so this kind of gives us an opportunity to extend our services and the opportunity to give back to the community a little bit more, which is always cool,” said Mandapat.
Public Information Officer, Sgt. Paul Tapao, took the opportunity to recognize the contributions of sponsors.
“Well, this is a significant step for the Guam Crime Stoppers, you know, this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for our partners within the community and we’ve always strived for that, partnership towards crime prevention. When you have the private sectors coming forward because of the fact that the Guam Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization, when you have the private sectors taking that positive step forwards towards crime prevention, it really helps and it pays dividends for us to have an office like this, and again, we want to thank the staff and management of Tumon Sands and of course the management team that made this happen. So, this takes us in a direction where we need to go as an organization in providing the service through the community”, said Tapao.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jim McDonald, spoke on the organizations utilization of space at McDonalds of Guam for the past decade. After reaching out to Guam Premier Outlets General Manager Monte Mesa, Jim McDonald received some welcoming news two weeks later, that GCS will be able to call the heart of Tumon, home.
McDonald took the opportunity to thank GM Mesa, and to speak more on the new location for GCS.
“This is really going to benefit the people of Guam. Because now, right down here it will help deter, you know, crimes that are down here in our most vital asset which is you know, our tourism. So, you know , I welcome anyone to come down here, this is not only Guam Crime Stoppers’ home but your office out here, thank you,” said McDonald.
You can play an active role in helping Guam Crime Stoppers. Anonymous tips can be made online, or by calling 477-HELP or texting 486-HELP.