The Department of Public Safety and G4S Secure Solutions (CNMI) have agreed to share information and security assistance to protect the Commonwealth against acts of terrorism and to solve criminal cases.
DPS Commissioner James C. Deleon Guerrero and Mike Ross, G4S Secure Solutions for Guam, CNMI and the Philippines managing director, forged a memorandum of understanding that will create the CNMI Intelligence Sharing and Security Assistance Partnership, or ISSAP.
At the MOU signing, Ross also announced the company’s donation of two mountain bikes and 16 surveillance cameras to DPS.
G4S had promised to donate five police bicycles to DPS. The company turned over to DPS three bikes in July.
The installation of eight of the 16 surveillance cameras inside the DPS perimeter began Tuesday. Two of the cameras are already functional.
Deleon Guerrero and Ross underscored the importance of the creation of ISSAP to protect the CNMI against potential acts of terrorism and other crimes.
The MOU will essentially give DPS access to G4S surveillance cameras to solve crimes and deter potential terrorist acts.
Deleon Guerrero said the partnership is really in the area of sharing information. He said G4S has invested a lot in technology, particularly surveillance cameras, in providing services to many businesses in the Commonwealth.
“We want to be able to have access to those materials as far as law enforcement investigation [is concerned],” he said
Ross said the company is pleased to continue helping DPS and the community. He said they want to share their technology to help DPS and expressed hope that the partnership will further strengthen.
Under the MOU, the DPS commissioner shall appoint a program coordinator for the ISSAP, holding the rank of police officer 3 or higher. The ISSAP coordinator shall serve as the official DPS point of contact and shall serve no less than two years.
Under the MOU, Ross agrees to share criminal intelligence information deemed necessary to achieve public safety goals in the CNMI, give access to video footages when available whenever requested for purposes of achieving law enforcement goals.
G4S will also notify DPS of suspicious individuals or activities that may warrant law enforcement attention.
Present at the MOU signing were Police Sgts. Joe Saures and Jeffrey Olopai, and Rep. Christopher Leon Guerrero. From G4S were country manager Chris Garde, Care and Justice director Frank Ishizaki, and branch manager Moises Pangelinan.