Police officers who assisted DOC are being sent back to GPD

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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.”

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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.