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Upon retiring on Friday, Fred Bordallo bid adios after serving over three decades in the Guam Police Department. 

Bordallo was only five years old when he had his first encounter with a police officer at the Liberation Day Parade. "I was that kid who was missing from my parents back in 1964. And I believe I was deeply relieved to be reunited with my dad," he shared. Bordallo recalled the memory before Rotarians earlier this week. It was one of his inspirations to become an officer, as he recalled, "It gave me a respect for these police officers who looked like giants to me when I was a five year old kid and I was lost among thousands and thousands of people. And I felt comfort about that."

Bordallo recently announced his retirement after serving the people of Guam for nearly three decades and the last four years as the chief of police. With May 22 marking his last day on the job, he reflected on his time as head of the heat. "I think I tried to do that in my time as chief of police - to be very transparent, open about how we share our information without compromising criminal investigations or internal affairs investigations," he said.

He hopes his successor will continue to build on recruitment efforts, adding, "We want to reach out to all the different cultures we have here on our island from Micronesians to our Asians that are here. We need more of that recruitment and increase in our department."

Along with building on recruitment, he says efforts must continue to engage the community. After all he says, perceptions of police are skewed - thanks to Hollywood. "Perceptions about police is what they see on TV. How its portrayed in the entertainment industry but it's a lot more than that. There's more to what officers do on a day-to-day basis and what they have to contend with," he said.

One of those day-to-day battles is maintaining optimum health. Not just physical health, but mental health. "Every chief of police should consider to say that we should have every now and then officers - they see a lot of stuff - to have appointments to just vent out and to be assessed. Its private and its confidential. That's just making sure you're taking care of your officers to make sure that everything's OK," he said.

In his time as chief of police, he says he's humbled to see his command staff following in his footsteps - pursuing more education and passing it on. "I hope that my influence as chief of police has encouraged a lot of officers to continue investing in yourself and take time to go back to school," he said.

As he steps down and prepares for the next chapter of his life, Bordallo says he's excited for what's in store for the department. He proudly said, "We have the talent in the Guam Police Department for our future generation of leaders to move up and advance."

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