by Mindy Aguon
Guam - While the Guam Police Department isn't saying much about an ongoing investigation into a police officer who refused to take a complaint filed by a concerned parent, Public Safety Oversight Chair Senator Adolpho Palacios is appalled. GPD's Internal Affairs Division is trying to determine if an officer acted inappropriately for refusing to take a complaint.
A father told police that a military man had sent his 13-year-old daughter sexually explicit photos. The officer reportedly told the father that no crime had been committed and the case wouldn't hold up in court. "He has no business doing that and he has no business determining what is legal and what is not illegal," said the senator. "The law is clear: he should have enforced that law and taken action. So to me, that is actually dereliction of duty."
Senator Palacios says he intends to ask the chief of police about his plans to hold officers accountable for their actions and restoring the public's confidence in the force. Meanwhile GPD has a few more weeks to take action, if any, against the officer - who is assigned to the Agat Precinct - before the 60 days expire.