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GPD pays prior year overtime

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Just as the Guam Police Department paid out prior years overtime checks for our men and women in blue recently, they're now working to address the overtime that is expected to accumulate for this current fiscal year.

It was over a week ago Governor Eddie Calvo signed Bill 377 into law. The measure not only provided funding for new tabulation machines for the Guam Election Commission but approximately $668,000 to pay for prior years overtime for GPD.

Chief of Police Fred Bordallo said, "A lot of the men and women of the Guam Police Department who worked way beyond the hours appreciate receiving their overtime checks, last week they received it," adding that in Fiscal Year 2013, the department was challenged and overtime grew as several officers were on military deployment and several trainings were invested during that time.

"And of course with our mission to make sure the public remains safe, the employers really worked beyond those hours," the chief noted.

Bordallo thanks the efforts of the Calvo Administration and the Guam Legislature in providing the funding for overtime. He says however, it's not necessarily about the pay but building morale. "That just really brings up the spirit of the officers to remain dedicated and serving the public," he said.

And while the prior years overtime was paid, Bordallo says overtime by the end of this fiscal year still needs to be addressed. The matter was initially brought up during session in the committee of the whole on the original proposal to pay GPD overtime. "Because we had about $1.9 million we expected to spend but we probably paid over $500,000 of them, so we're probably going to need about $700,000 to $800,000 more in funding estimate, but I don't know have the figures, but that's actually what I think the estimate we're going to need to cover all the costs for FY14," he shared.

He adds while the department always anticipates that officers are going to work beyond their hours as several events both planned and unplanned require a lot of police presence, they are trying to be very conscious of its budget. "And we're very frugal and we have to watch our finances and decide where we're going to juggle some of the priorities when it comes down to some of these expenditures - that's why our management is really very strategic in terms making sure that they minimize overtime that's not really needed. But at the same time, the overtime that has been expended was for very important purposes," he said.

He hopes the governor and the legislature will once again support GPD in helping pay for overtime. 
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