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Port launches inquiry into video of sleeping officers

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - "If it's on duty, then it's not right," expressed Port Authority of Guam deputy general manager Felix Pangelinan. He says there are expectations of all agency employees to be at work and to do their job. This has come into question however after viewer submitted videos and pictures appear to show port police officers sleeping while at work.

"I have launched an investigation to determine when and where these videos and pictures were taken, and if it is found that they were sleeping while on-duty, we will take the proper administrative action against these employees," he promised. KUAM News showed Pangelinan the pictures Tuesday morning, and for some he says it's hard to determine when and where they were taken. All the pictures however show the officers clearly wearing the port police uniform.

"This one is apparently one of the patrol vehicles, so you could say that that guy is possibly on duty," Pangelinan speculated. Pangelinan has been at the Port for 32 years and says as the deputy, all control and compliance departments, including Port Police report to him.  When asked if staffers are allowed to sleep on their break or lunch time, Pangelinan responded, "Right now, I would rather not comment on that - I am not positive." KUAM then asked is there is a designated area where employees can sleep, and Pangelinan said, "They do have a break room - that sometimes if an officer finds himself a little bit tired, they will probably go into the break room and take a break."

He adds Port Police officers cover 12-hour shifts, sometimes even more, either during the day or at night. They are allotted break periods, but can vary as for how long.  "I have not encountered any Port Police officers sleeping at a post or have walked into the Port Police office and found that," he said.

Currently the Port only has 24 police officers whose jurisdiction covers all port properties along with the Agana and Agat marinas. He adds they also have a memorandum of understanding with the Guam Police Department to patrol Route 1. He says the two-dozen count is actually short for the port adding part of the challenge is getting the right people with some also on medical leave. "I'd like to clarify that the Port security is secured and although we have some sort of evidence that they are sleeping; I need to determine if that was on duty or not, but I have full confidence that the port security is intact," he stated.

He says if these officers, were found to be sleeping while on-duty, at a minimum they would receive a letter of reprimand and at maximum, suspension. 

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