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GPD needs office space

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Efforts are in the works to find office space for the Guam Police Department’s (GPD) Records and ID section as well as the remaining GPD offices that are still at Tiyan.

Although public law allows GPD to stay at its Tiyan facility until next year, Capt. Mark Charfauros, GPD administrative division chief, wants to find other office locations, especially for Records and ID.

Last week, Charfauros was checking out areas for the section, which is in need of 7,000 square feet to accommodate several files and box of records that are more than a decade old.  He said the funding for the rent costs about $232,000 and will come from the department’s general fund.

“Records and ID is the one we’re having a hard time now because there’s no room at the old Customs headquarters,” Charfauros said. “We tried to fit everybody but we can’t, so we’re back to square one.”

Other GPD sections --- including personnel and procurement--- are already at the new GPD headquarters at the former Customs and Quarantine building.

Charfauros said his office will be housed in the Mark Pangilinan building in Sinajana next to the Public Defender’s Office along with the Boating Registration division.  The cost for the space in Sinajana is $48,000 and part of federal funding through the U.S. Coast Guard.  

About $84,000 from the same federal funding source is being used to rent the old Mark’s Sporting Goods store in Anigua that is going to house SWAT and the Marine Patrol.

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