DPS, DPL in talks to establish San Roque substation


The Department of Public Safety is just waiting for the Department of Public Lands so it could acquire a piece of land where DPS can put up a police substation in San Roque, DPS Commissioner Robert A. Guerrero said.

In an interview Friday, Guerrero said the planned San Roque substation, which is similar to the koban substation in Garapan, will cover the northern section of the island such as San Roque, Tanapag, As Matuis, and Marpi.

Koban is a Japanese term to refer to a small neighborhood police substation.

Guerrero said they are now working with the details about their agreement with DPL for the San Roque land or property so they can open the substation as soon as possible.

He said San Roque and Marpi are very isolated, but are heavy tourism areas.

Next year, there are plans to build more hotels in the northern part of the island so there’s a need to have a police presence in that area, he said.

The target for the opening of the San Roque substation is any day now or as soon as DPL gives DPS a piece of land.

In reference to recent arrests of burglars and robbers in Garapan by police stationed at the Garapan koban, Guerrero said he had beefed up the substation with more officers.

He said having more officers in Garapan contributed to the koban’s success.

The commissioner said they already opened a substation in Kagman and in Chalan Kanoa, and that hopefully if they get more personnel they can open substations in Koblerville and in Dandan as well.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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