Palacios Urges GIAA Board to Implement Hazardous Pay for Airport Police K-9 Unit

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Guam -Senator Adolpho Palacios is calling on the Airport Board to implement hazardous duty pay for Airport Police assigned to the K-9 Unit.

A release from the Senator’s Office says that Palacios has written to Guam International Airport Authority Board [GIAA] Chairman Michael Ysrael pointing out that TSA and Customs personnel continue to receive hazardous pay for work performed alongside Airport Police K-9 Officers.

The Senator also says he raised this same issue during his last term and he is disappointment to learn that the hazardous pay still has not been implemented for the GIAA K-9 Officers.

The release quotes the Senator as saying that his office “will continue to encourage GIAA’s leadership to recognize the dangers these police officers are exposed to every day.  The work they do helps to ensure that individuals who pose a threat to our airport employees and passengers are caught and are brought before our court system,”

READ Senator Palacios’ Release in FULL below:

Senator Adolpho Palacios has sent a letter to A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport Authority’s (GIAA) Board of Director’s Chairman, Michael Ysrael, urging the Board to implement hazardous pay for police officers assigned to the agency’s K-9 Unit.  Senator Palacios first raised this issue during his last term and was recently made aware that GIAA has yet to compensate these officers, “who continue to perform inspections and searches for explosive and other dangerous material, which is a function critical to preserving a safe environment for employees and travelers.”

Senator Palacios also advised GIAA’s Board of Directors that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Quarantine Agency (CQA) personnel continue to receive hazardous pay for work conducted alongside these GIAA Police Officers.  Senator Palacios says he was disappointed to learn at the time he first raised this issue that GIAA Police Officers, unlike their TSA and CQA colleagues, were not compensated for the hazards and threats they are exposed to as front-line employees.     

“My office will continue to encourage GIAA’s leadership to recognize the dangers these police officers are exposed to every day.  The work they do helps to ensure that individuals who pose a threat to our airport employees and passengers are caught and are brought before our court system,” concluded Senator Palacios.

For additional information please contact Senator Palacios’ office at 472-5047/8 or send an e-mail to information@senatorpalacios.com.