by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Four police officers stripped of their badges, their guns, radios and GPD IDs and given civilian titles are fighting to be reinstated, as the Guam Police Department contends they were rehired without meeting all the requirements. The officers have hired Attorney Curtis Van De Veld and contend they were never informed that there was any problem with their qualifications to be reinstated to the agency.
The officers, Captain Mark Charfauros and Officers Tracey Volta, Jeff Santos and J.P. Duenas, were relieved of their duties suddenly late Friday afternoon. "When these kinds of internal, petty personnel political issues remove very capable and qualified officers and both of these officers in their most performance evaluations, received glowing comments, certainly threatens the health and welfare of this community," Van De Veld told KUAM News.
The officers allege the rules that are being applied to them are not being applied to others in the police department. They will be seeking an immediate reinstatement to their positions.