by Mindy Aguon
Guam - While the Guam Police Department can't find money to pay for 10% raises or fix the ailing fleet of patrol cars, apparently there's money to promote three lieutenants. The agency has recently opened up the positions. But concerns have been raised about the timing and the need for the promotions.
The three lieutenant promotions are in addition to the department's efforts to promote another major and police commander.
KUAM News has obtained a copy of a letter from Police Captain Chris Castro, who submitted a letter to Acting Chief of Police Ricardo Leon Guerrero this week. In the letter Captain Castro states, "What is paramount is the need to fill the critical shortages in ten sergeant I positions left vacant from the recent lieutenant promotions. Seemingly your priorities put to question the possibility of personal gain for those selected few at the expense of the Guam Police Department and those we serve, the people of Guam.
"The department's priority should be to mitigate that shortage, not the promotion of one lieutenant or colonel which, if left unfilled, will not seriously impede our progress."