Guam - It was a long day of hearings at the Guam Legislature today as several bills went up for a public hearing. Of the most pressing, Bill 134, which establishes a Guam Police Department Building Fund. The bill also identifies several sources of funding to pay for GPD's new headquarters wherever it may be.
As we've been reporting GPD has until September 30 move out of its Tiyan facilities which is owned by the airport. GPD was looking at moving into the Guam Customs and Quarantine's old offices, but according to Police Chief Staff Assistant Captain Sonny Castro an assessment conducted of the facility showed it was inadequate. "The result of the assessment was that the space available in this area is only about 30thousand square feet and is inadequate to accommodate our current operations. We are in need of 60,000 square feet," he said.
GPD has put out a request for interest for a new headquarters and received multiple responses. It has also drafted a request for proposal ready to push out once funding is identified. Bill 134 would establish several fees that would be set aside strictly for GPD.