by Nick Delgado
Guam - Public safety personnel are exposed to some of the most horrific and tragic scenes. Senator Mana Silva Taijeron is hoping to help them cope by create department psychologists for the Guam Police and Fire Departments.
GPD Lieutenant Joseph Carbullido testified in favor of the measures saying the position is needed immediately to help give officers an outlet to express their feelings about the traumatic things they see on a daily basis. "Another issue is some of the shootings that occurred back then and maybe more recently we had some officers that actually quit the police department because of the trauma that they endured during the incident," he explained. "So yes, I believe this is very beneficial for the police department and required."
Currently officers get assistance and evaluations from Mental Health. Police Chief Fred Bordallo in written testimony indicated that the creation of such a position would also require additional funding for manpower, office space and other resources.
Meanwhile, the fire department supports the legislation but suggested that a psychologist position be put under public health to serve multiple agencies.