by Jolene Toves
Guam - A proposed policy change by Department of Corrections director Jose San Agustin has created quite a stir between DOC and GPD. The proposed policy would require that all alcohol and drug related arrests be medically cleared by GMH prior to being detained at the Agana Lockup.
DOC spokesperson Lt. Antone Aguon said, "We know that it is going to be a burden on some but again we are trying to protect that person that got arrested as well as the government and our department from any future liabilities."
While the policy has good intentions, GPD would like to examine the policy further. GPD spokesperson officer A.J. Balajadia said, "At this point we're going to request that all the stake holders involved in this process come together and sit down and talk about this particular request from the director and how that might affect the Guam Police Department as well as the community and GMH."
Balajadia says although the policy seems minor there are some concerns that need to be addressed. He adds that often times those arrested for DUI do not have the proper identification therefore they must be held until they can be identified for the courts and Attorney General's Office.
He says they meeting will be helpful to figure out how to make this a win-win situation for everyone involved.