As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the precautionary measures that are being strictly enforced, the CNMI Department of Public Safety has seen a decline in the number of drug-related crimes.
That’s on top of a similar decline in the number of drug cases in the CNMI, according to DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero in an interview.
“Criminal cases are really low. Drug cases are really low. Our officers are really vigilant in trying to keep our community safe and keep drugs off the streets,” he said.
Guerrero partially credits this to the current measures in place like the strict curfew, but also because the DPS Drug Enforcement Task force has been proactive in the fight against drugs.
“Even if you haven’t seen [our drug force task force] on the streets, they’re out there helping the community,” he said.
In a previous interview with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, he said he is thankful for the work DPS has done in keeping the community safe in these trying times. “I want to thank DPS. We are bombarded with different challenges and, with the crime rate down, it has helped families,” he said.
Torres added that it is the hard work of DPS and its officers that makes the CNMI a safe community. “It’s all the hard work of our police officers, it makes our community much safer,” he said.
To make the job a little easier on the department, Torres is urging the public to step up and speak out about any crime they might know off, no matter how little they may seem. “If you see something, please report [it to the police]. If you can assist [solve] any crime, please contribute by giving information because every crime that we solve, it’s one less worry for our department and our community. Whether it’s murder, burglary, child abuse, child neglect, child molestation, whatever that crime is, if you know about a crime, no matter how small it might seem, please report and be part of the solution,” he said.