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Palacios plans joint GPD/GFD headquarters

by Michele Catahay

Guam - While the lease for the Guam Police Department's Tiyan headquarters is up this September, one lawmaker is hoping to build a new joint GPD and Guam Fire Department headquarters. Senator Adolpho Palacios still has hopes to construct a permanent joint public safety headquarters facility for two of Guam's critical law enforcement agencies. 

As such, the Democrat introduced Bill 21, The Guam Police Department and Guam Fire Department Joint Headquarters Initiative Act of 2011. He says a similar bill was introduced during the 30th Guam Legislature. He told KUAM News, "What happened to that bill was that it didn't make the session floor because what we needed to firm up was the funding source. We have identified the funding source in Bill 309, but it didn't cite the approximate amount, meaning that the funding source would come from the Police Revolving Fund and the FLAME Fund from the Guam Fire Department."

GPD is currently renting from the Airport Authority for its Tiyan property at over $19,000 per month or $232,000 a year. Also going through similar issues is GFD. Palacios says that agency is currently leasing property at an annual cost of $103,000. 

"We have identified a funding source that it would come from the boat registration and all the revenue that is going into the police service funds and those services that are going into the FLAME Fund," continued the senator. "We have identified those accounts for the source of repayment."

According to the bill, GPD and GFD may enter into a financial arrangement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or other financing sources available to provide for the design, construction, collateral equipment and maintenance of the facility and subject to the review and approval of the Legislature. The bill also proposes the headquarters be built within the central area of Guam.

Palacios is hoping the construction will come to fruition in the next several years, saying, "I hope to see the ribbon cutting ceremony in my last time. It may sound pessimistic but I think it'll happen. If it doesn't happen now, maybe in the next four years."

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