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Sen. Pedo Terlaje supports Mandaña reorganization

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The Mandaña Drug Task Force is now solely comprised of officers within the Guam Police Department's Special Investigation Section. The task force was created by an executive order signed by former Gov. Eddie Calvo.

KUAM News spoke to Committee Chair on Public Safety Sen. Jose "Pedo" Terlaje says the Mandaña Drug Task force did an outstanding job.

KUAM: The Mandaña Drug Task Force as I'm sure you're aware in the last two years was able to confiscate, get off Guam's streets a little over $3 million of ice and cocaine. So the police department I spoke with the spokesperson yesterday and he was mentioning he doesn't want to say its dismantled or dissolved but that the task officers that were part of Mandaña, for example airport police, port, depcor, federal partnerships that they have everyone has been returned back to their respective agencies so now its back to as it was before with GPD and specifically with the special investigation section so do you have any concerns or do you agree with this?

TERLAJE: Well, the thing is being in the police department for 18 years there's got to be switching around to give the police officers the opportunity to be more knowledgeable in different areas and I agree with that we want to. What Mr. Ignacio did when you switch people around because you know the Mandaña group has been there maybe they can share some of their thoughts to other police officers so we don't have one certain group that specializes in narcotics and drugs. So I totally believe there needs to be sharing of experiences in different areas.

KUAM: Right, it's going back to SIS they handle narcotics anyway. 

TERLAJE: Well, it's going to be I think they're being transferred some of them are being transferred to different areas most likely with the investigative division so some of them may be transferred. They're still going to be narcotics enforcement within the narcotics investigation bureau. 

KUAM: So you feel this is a step up in the war against drugs?

TERLAJE: I agree that no one police officers should be in a particular area for so long they have to really share their different areas of investigation, yes. 

KUAM: so as far as your concerned your confident that GPD even if it doesn't have this partnership per se this whole partnership with these other local law enforcement agencies your confident that the three or four members in SIS will be able to handle this drug epidemic on Guam

TERLAJE: Even with the other agencies that they extracted to work with Mandaña, I think the enforcement will be there even if GPD is going to handle this themselves I think the enforcement is going to continue to be effective. 

Acting Chief of Police Steve Ignacio is currently reorganizing the police department. His confirmation hearing is scheduled for next week.

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