Respicio Calls on Governor to Release Funds for More Cops in Wake of Tumon Tragedy

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Guam -Senator Rory Respicio has written to Governor Calvo urging him to release more funds from the Tourist Attraction Fund [TAF] to hire more police officers for the Tumon Precinct.

In his letter to the Governor, Respicio points out that a bill he sponsored which became law calls for the release of $650-thousand dollars from the TAF  to hire new officers and install security systems in Tumon.

The Guam Police Department requested those funds on January 10th, but Respicio writes “their request remains with BBMR awaiting action.”

Read Senator Respicio’s letter to Governor Calvo HERE

In a release, the Senator says that “crime in Tumon which has become a major impediment to our growth of our tourist industry,” and his letter concludes with:

“I therefore respectfully request that your Administration take all such steps as may be necessary to effectuate this appropriation.  Such action would not only represent as a substantial step in securing the safety of both visitors and residents alike in Tumon, but also would aid in alleviating any  damage to Guam’s image as a tourist destination  that may have resulted as a consequence of this horrible crime.”

READ the release from Senator Respicio below:

Respicio calls for release of funds for Tumon Precinct

February 15, 2013 – In the wake of the tragedy this week in Tumon, Senator Rory Respcio has called upon Governor Calvo to release funding from the Tourist Attraction Fund for GPD’s Tumon precinct including the hiring of additional police officers.

The request for the funding is based on a Public Law authored by Senator Respicio in December of last year.

Public Law 31-270, “An act to appropriate six hundred fifty thousand dollars ($650,000) from the Tourist Attraction Fund for the operations of the Tumon Precinct, to fund new police positions, and to provide new visitor security systems,” was authored by the Senator last year in order to utilize TAF revenues to address crime in Tumon which has become a major impediment to our growth of our tourist industry.

According to the letter sent to Governor Calvo today, Respicio indicated that the Guam Police Department on January 10th transmitted their documents required for the funding to be transferred to their agency. Their request remains with BBMR.

“Given the tragic events of this week, I am sure you would agree that the application of TAF funding for crime prevention in Tumon is now even more urgent,” Respicio stated in his letter. “I therefore respectfully request that your Administration take all such steps as may be necessary to effectuate this appropriation.  Such action would not only represent as a substantial step in securing the safety of both visitors and residents alike in Tumon, but also would aid in alleviating any  damage to Guam’s image as a tourist destination  that may have resulted as a consequence of this horrible crime.”

UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.