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GPD oversight hearing scheduled for Wednesday

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Guam Police Department is preparing to go before the legislature in an oversight hearing scheduled for tomorrow morning and among the issues to be addressed is GPD's Crime Lab.

Chief of Police Fred Bordallo said, "The discussions are going to be centered around the Forensic Science Division. Since I have taken over, I integrated the evidence control facility in that division so they will be talking about two of the units in that division."

Bordallo says he will be talking about the plan of action to mitigate the challenges that have arisen at the evidence control facility and the crime lab as the concern is the state of the two facilities. The facility, which houses Evidence Control is about 50 years old and has presented structural issues. According to Bordallo the option to relocate is being looked into as the cost of maintaining the existing facility is high. He says they are exploring the option to lease an area for the storage of evidence and combining that area with an impound lot. Construction of a new evidence storage facility is included in the capital improvement plan for the military buildup but he says that is something that is a long ways down the road.

Meanwhile the crime lab's air conditioning system has been down for several weeks and Bordallo says that they are looking at whether they are going to fund the repair or proceed with the contingency plan. He says that at this time an assessment is being conducted and he has already signed off on split air conditioning units. 

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