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Second investigation launched into sleeping officers

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Just as one investigation is complete, another one is launched - that's the case at the Port Authority of Guam over videos and pictures showing Port Police officers sleeping while at work.   

"The investigation has been completed," said Felix Pangelinan. "I do have the report, but I'm not at liberty to divulge the information in that report because it is a personnel matter." The Port deputy general manager says more than a week after videos and pictures were sent to KUAM News showing port police officers sleeping while at work, the investigation is complete. Pangelinan could not say whether they were sleeping on duty but confirms all four officers shown in the footage remain employed at the Port.

"Appropriate actions will be taken against these officers," he promised.

Yet sources tell KUAM the officers were, in fact, sleeping while on the clock. So what kind of personnel action may be taken? Pangelinan says under the Port's policies, there is a provision under performance that speaks to sleeping on duty. "Sleeping on duty where life and property is in danger is a violation of the personnel rules and regulations," he said. "The first offense, minimum punishment that can be given to an employee for the first offense is a letter of reprimand; the maximum is suspension."

For a second offense, the minimum is suspension and the maximum is dismissal.

In the meantime, a second investigation has been launched into the person or persons who actually took the pictures of the officers. "The Port is taking this very, very seriously because if you look at the pictures and videos that were shown it constitutes a breach of security," he said.

Pangelinan was once a security guard at the Port and says he understands how tiring it can be to stand double- and sometimes triple-watches. He however says it is never an excuse to sleep on the job. He once again ensures the public that security at the Port was never compromised. "I'd like the public to know that at no time that the Port Authority security and safety was in jeopardy," he added.

And while the Port currently experiences a shortage of port police, Pangelinan says that may change soon, noting, "We're going through a mid-year budget review and when the Chief's Division comes up for their review, she may be requesting for more officers to be hired."

Pangelinan is giving the Port Chief of Police a week to conduct the second investigation. As for the first, he will be forwarding a recommendation on how to handle the cases to the general manager later this week.

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