Hagatna precinct reopens after weeks of closure


Guam – The Hagatna Precinct has re-opened its doors after nearly three weeks of being shut down due to the government financial crisis.

Late yesterday afternoon the Guam Police Department announced the re-opening of the Hagatna Precinct. As of 6 this morning the precinct is once again operational.

According to GPD Spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao, 19 GPD officers temporarily assigned to the Department of Corrections are now back on the streets and staffing the precinct.

Their temporary assignment to the Department of Corrections came after a financial crisis hit the government and public safety agencies took the lead in finding solutions to reduce expenditures such as overtime.

Tapao says, however, that 18 GPD officers will remain at DOC to continue in assisting the prison with personnel shortage.

Chief of Police JI Cruz was on News Talk k57 this morning to talk about the precinct’s reopening.

“It was reopened with 19 of our officers as well as officers from my Special Operations Division to have a sufficient amount of police officers from the Guam Police Department to man all of the Agana precinct’s area of responsibility,” said Cruz.

The addition of the special ops division will allow for GPD to have enough manpower to cover a 12-hour shift operation.

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Jolene Toves
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.