Task force created to enforce governor’s executive order

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Chief Stephen Ignacio stresses that their main objective is not to go out and arrest people but instead to educate people about the EO and the importance of the health and safety of our island. (PNC file photo)

Stay home! That is the directive from Governor Lou Leon Guerrero until August 28th and if you are found violating that directive you could be on the hook for citations that will be enforced by a new task force.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s executive order is clear: island residents must stay home and not venture out unless absolutely necessary. This means outdoor recreational activities must wait even if you are doing them alone. K57’s Patti Arroyo spoke with GPD Chief Steve Ignacio on how the police department would enforce such a directive.

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“During this latest round of PCOR1, we put together another task force specifically to address parks and beaches in particular. So we have officers from DOA conservation officers, the two park rangers, the GIAA police and two police officers led by the special ops division,” Ignacio said.

Their daily mission is to patrol the parks and beaches to ensure compliance with the executive order. GPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said anyone found violating could be on the hook for a misdemeanor.

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“When you look at the verbiage of the law of criminal trespass that pretty much stipulates everything in essence within the premises of a closed public establishment. And so again it’s really based on the prosecution and how they move forward. Should a citation be issued or should an arrest be made, these are offenses categorized within the GCA under the criminal trespass sanctions,” Tapao said.

Chief Stephen Ignacio stresses that their main objective is not to go out and arrest people but instead to educate people about the EO and the importance of the health and safety of our island.

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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.