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Fred Bordallo supported as police chief

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Contrary to the contention at the confirmation hearing for Guam Fire Department acting chief John Salas, things weren't so heated for police chief nominee Captain Fred Bordallo, who spent the afternoon in front of lawmakers for his own confirmation hearing today. "I'm confident that the men and women of the Guam Police Department remain committed to the department's new motto, SPIRIT, which stands for Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Impartiality and Trust," Cpt. Bordallo announced.

And it was evident during today's hearing that the police force has confidence in the chief of police nominee. Support Division Operations chief Captain Mark Charfauros testified that the morale of the department has improved significantly, saying, "There has been a lot of peace and calm at the Guam Police Department since Captain Fred has taken the helm and he has not favored any particular group. If he's gonna make a decision, he's going to make a decision based on what's good for the police department."  

Special assistant to the chief of police Captain Chris Castro added, "There couldn't be a better person for the job. Just give him an opportunity and the department won't disappoint."

Even former police chief captain Paul Suba testified in support of Bordallo. "He is considerate and fearless in his many facets of his personality," Suba stated. "As you recall, he was one of the only ones who spoke against my confirmation - not necessarily against, but pretty much citing his concerns. And I respect him for that."

And despite the many challenges the department currently faces from a looming deadline to move out of Tiyan and a shortage of police officers, to a defunct Peace Officer Standards Commission and the Honorary Deputy Chiefs of Police Program, lawmakers expressed confidence in Bordallo's abilities to find solutions. Senator Ben Pangelinan said, "I can tell you that you have no fear because I looked at the pre-interview questions for the polygraph exam, and I wouldn't just turned out the door and said goodbye and yet you went straight through that door and said bring it on."

Senator Tony Ada added, "What do you feel is the greatest challenge of all and how do you plan to address it?" to which Bordallo responded, "I think the greatest challenge we have with GPD is just the type of service. I think the quality of service that the public expects the Guam Police Department provide." He continued, "They still need that continuous training and the biggest challenge is ensuring that our officers are constantly doing that because if they stay up to date with the recent changes in the laws and engaging in that in training, then you're going to see less of those incidents happening that put us in a negative light."

The top brass nominee also said he will support officers furthering their education and any available training opportunities. Additionally, the department will be implementing an aggressive traffic enforcement program that will be aimed at reducing traffic crashes on the island.

As for concerns about the Honorary Deputy Chiefs Program, Bordallo says the department does not have any policies in place for the program.  He said if the initiative were to continue it would have to be clear that these individuals are not law enforcement officers and they are not allowed to perform any police work.

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