Torres: No one deserves to feel unsafe

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is “genuinely concerned” about public safety in the wake of reports about unsolved crimes, missing people, and other safety concerns within the community.

According to press secretary Kevin Bautista, Torres has already initiated necessary discussions addressing “public safety concerns” as well as ultimately allowing for improved rapport between the public and the Department of Public Safety.

“To be clear, no one in our closely-knit community deserves to feel unsafe or feel less secure in their homes or villages,” said Bautista, adding that Torres is in talks with the Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Attorney General, and the public to “ensure that our island community will be safer.”

“The governor looks forward to working with DPS, the Attorney General’s Office, and our community to address our collective concerns and implement effective measures to ensure greater transparency in communication with the community,” Bautista said.

Torres “appreciates and commends” DPS but also recognizes that the department functions with “limited resources,” Bautista added.

In a social media post, Rep. Edwin K. Propst (Ind-Saipan) criticized DPS for a lack of direct communication with the public. According to the post, Propst believes DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero “needs to hold a press conference” to update the public.

“The public has a ton of questions and we are getting no statements and no answers,” said Propst. “He needs to give us some direction, some advice, [anything].”

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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