GPD breaks ground for Central Precinct in SinajanaWritten by Donna De Jesus
Guam - The Guam Police Department will be having a new Central Precinct in the near future. A groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday morning marked a property in Afame, Sinajana as the future home of a state-of-the-art precinct, that is to replace the Hagåtña precinct.
Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio, who was once a police officer at the Hagåtña Precinct, delivered his remarks on the “bittersweet” move, saying, "As much as that’s the oldest precinct in the land, ironically, it’s the last one to be replaced. We’ve seen the worst part of humanity and the best part of humanity by being police officers in Agana Precinct. And I’m sorry to say it won’t be Agana Precinct, it’ll be Central Precinct. But this makes sense. And this is a long time coming. It’s a little bittersweet because we’ve done a lot of good things down there, and we’re going to do a lot of good things for the rest of Central Precinct. And this makes a lot of sense in the Hagåtña Redevelopment and Restoration process that we’re doing to try to reestablish the capital building. You don’t need a precinct in Agana. You just need police officers in Agana."
The construction of the new precinct is a collaboration with GHURA. Executive Director Mike Duenas says the acquisition of the 3.1-acre lot purchased from the Butler Family Trust and the construction of the 2000-sq. ft. building was federally funded through the U.S. Department of House and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program. Duenas adds that talks about the new Central Precinct began five years ago.
"Although we dealt with different officers throughout the whole five-year process, there was consistency and continuity, and that’s why we’re here," Duenas said. "I also want to acknowledge the governor’s support and patience. He told me five years ago to move the precinct, and it took us a little longer to find the property, and we ended up buying the property. We are very proud to be here today. There’s a lot of history with this property, and I think the police department will continue in that great history about this property."
Duenas adds that the new precinct should be done in nine months. And while plans for the old Hagåtña Precinct are still undecided, it may house the CAPE Program for civilian volunteers, or the Governor’s Palace as part of the Hagåtña Restoration plan.