by Mindy Aguon
Guam - 14 new Ford Crown Victorias that are desperately needed for patrol officers will not be sitting idle until they're fully outfitted. Police chief nominee Captain Fred Bordallo says he's ordered that cages be installed immediately and put out on patrol, even if the radio equipment isn't available yet.
The island's four precincts have been significantly short to respond to emergencies as there are more than 50 police cruisers and motorcycles awaiting repairs. "We want those vehicles out there immediately," Bordallo told KUAM News. "Those radios, officers are issued radios they can carry those radios and then we'll work one by one to getting the full radio equipment in there.
"And we've driven, when I first joined the police department capris where we have a hand held radio and drive around. We don't' have to wait until everything is installed with one radio attached to the inside of the vehicle. That's my way of saying let's hurry up and get that fleet out there."
The department's procurement of the new cars was questioned after the RFP was changed multiple times and another vendor had offered street ready cars that came more than fully equipped.
Captain Bordallo meanwhile says he intends to hold officers accountable for their vehicles. He says those found in violation for a crash or damage to the vehicle will face disciplinary action and pay for the damage.