New SUVs to assist in COVID-19 response, public safety missions

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio pose with the new SUVs. (Adelup photo)

The Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency and the Department of Agriculture are each in receipt of a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. Both vehicles were purchased by the Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP) using $94,000 of the $2.9 million in U.S. Department of Justice
Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program grant.

This funding was made available as part of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) legislation to aid public safety agencies in their COVID-19 response. Both SUVs were received in late June and have been deployed to their assigned agencies.

“Beyond use for COVID-19 related emergencies, these vehicles will support agency missions and augment our aging fleet. Guam Customs is using their unit to effectuate increased patrols at all points of entry, ensuring drugs and contraband are stopped at our borders and kept off our streets,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “In addition to being used for outreach and education, the Department of Agriculture is linking their unit to the TOKA app, enabling conservation officers to respond and process reports of illegal activity quickly and safely.”

“Our frontliners led our pandemic response, often making the best use of limited resources. This grant has been an invaluable resource in our COVID-19 response, funding the purchase of additional ambulances and police cars as well as PPEs and cleaning supplies for each of our law enforcement agencies,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “We can expect more investments into public safety as remaining funds will be used towards transport vans for DYA and DOC clients, an SMS text alert system for the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, and the establishment of a drone program for the Guam Fire Department.”

BSP Director Tyrone Taitano added, “From the start of our COVID-19 response, our goal has been to fully access this federal funding and get this support into the hands of our first
responders as quickly as possible.”

(Office of the Governor Release)