For over two decades the island has been faced with an ice epidemic, but methamphetamine isn’t the only drug the community is faced with. Cocaine, heroin, fetanyl and other opioids are also of concern as all of these drugs can contribute to an increase in crime and decrease in community values.
For nearly a week, Plano Texas Police Department’s Sgt. Jon Brittan has been sharing the knowledge and experience that the Plano Texas PD has gained in their drug interdiction efforts with local and federal authorities on island.
Today’s training focused on beefing up patrol officers’ abilities to detect drug use. While there are times when the effects of a person’s drug use can be clearly seen, there are also times when patrol officers will need to look for nonverbal indicators.
“Certain things officers do in their training can recognize what’s the proper pupil size that this person should have for an average person and because they deviated from it or they don’t constrict properly when introduced to a light source. People I hear it all the time ‘well that officer was rude to me when he stopped me he shined the light in my eyes.’ We do that for two reasons,” Brittan said.
He says that Guam’s efforts to step up their game in combating drugs on the streets is key because while drug possession is characterized as a non-violent crime, the addiction to the drug and need to score fuels the motivation to commit crimes against the community.