Guam – After 45 days, the joint operation between the Guam Police Department and the Department of Corrections has come to a close and now 16 GPD officers are back patrolling the streets.
The collaboration between Department of Corrections and Guam Police Department began amid the scare of a government financial crisis as public safety agencies led the way in cutting back costs associated with overtime.
GPD officers from the Hagatna and Dededo precincts were reassigned to DOC, saving DOC about 50 percent in overtime costs. As part of the joint operation they assisted in patrolling the perimeter, Visitor’s Center and the Hub. A
ccording to DOC Director Tony Lamorena they have planned for this eventual return as corrections officers on military leave/annual training return for duty, and four correction officer recruits are scheduled to graduate in the coming month.
In addition, DOC leadership is solidifying plans to re-hire former corrections officers who left the department in good standing.
Lamorena stated, “We thank Chief of Police JI Cruz and the outstanding police officers from the Hagatna and Dededo precincts for their partnership over the last two months in maintaining safety and security in our facilities. We thank you for your honorable service and sincere sense of collaboration.”