by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Guam Police Department is once again the subject of a federal probe for failing to pay overtime in a timely fashion. U.S. Department of Labor regional director of public affairs Deanne Amaden confirms with KUAM News that they opened a new investigation involving GPD, however, they are unable to disclose whether the probe was opened based on a complaint.
This is not the first time GPD has been under scrutiny for not paying its uniform and civilian staff. The department was previously fined $50,000 for failing to pay its personnel for working overtime. Amaden could not elaborate on the investigation because it is open. The department is nearly four months behind on paying OT.
GPD spokesperson Sergeant Liz Flickenger says the Governor's Office is working to pay the overtime and "it's only a matter of days" before it will be paid out. You may recall the governor called the Guam Legislature into a special session to discuss several bills to use the recent windfall of money from Section 30 reimbursements. One of those bills would have used a portion of that funding to pay for overtime owed at GPD and the Department of Corrections.
The Democrats however opted not to discuss the bills and adjourned.