by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The island's chief of police is expressing his disappointment with a complaint the Guam Police Department received about an officer refusing to take a complaint from a parent. That parent tried to file a criminal complaint against a military man who sent sexually explicit photos to his 13-year-old daughter.
An officer, assigned to the Agat Precinct, reportedly told him no crime had been committed and then told the suspect to delete the photos.
Captain Fred Bordallo says he is thankful that the parent brought this to the attention of the agency and says the department takes matters like this very seriously, as officers will be held accountable for their performance and judgment. "Our officers always want their wages and salaries increased. They want their overtime. They always want opportunities for promotions but the officers also have to understand that when there's some performance like this, the people expect the quality of their service," he stated. "And if that quality isn't there and they lose the confidence of the people then they won't get as much support for promotions or support for their salaries to be increased."
Bordallo adds he will push his management staff to ensure that more training is conducted between supervisors and their subordinates to ensure that officers are educated and knowledgeable about the very laws they swore to enforce.