Senator lauds enactment of law enhancing the recruitment and hiring of law enforcement officers

Senator James Moylan (file photo)

Senator James Moylan has lauded the enactment of Public Law 36-5, thanking Governor Lou Leon for signing Bill 31-36 into law.

Moylan said the Swift Appointment Modernization Act of 2021 takes the island one step forward when it comes to enhancing the recruitment and hiring of law enforcement officers, which is a critical need considering the shortages we have with manpower in many of our public safety agencies.

“P.L. 36-5 streamlines what is already a very lengthy hiring procedure, by allowing respective agency heads to attain certification listings of up to three (3) times the number of applicants then positions available within their entity. The measure further allows for a continuation of the interview process, even if vacant positions are filled, in the event a selected applicant declines the offer. Both stipulations are much welcomed as administrative changes by heads of law enforcement agencies, particularly in assisting with the hiring cycle,” Moylan said in a statement.

He added that Bill 31-36 is just one aspect of addressing the many administrative deficiencies when it comes maintaining an adequate number of peace officers on island.

“It was one of several measures I introduced this term which reflect on the recruitment, hiring, and retention of law enforcement officers, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on advancing the other bills. Public Safety needs to be prioritized by our government, and I will continue to advocate for the safety of our community,” the senator said.