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Mar 17, 2008

A true 'police' story

One rainy morning, a woman found a lady's bag on the ground outside a business establishment in Garapan. The bag's contents were in disarray; some of them soaked in rainwater. The woman, who thought that the bag's owner could have been a victim of robbery, took the bag in and inspected it for identification.

All the credit cards were still there, plus a Social Security ID, medication, and other papers. Not a single dollar was in the wallet. The woman called the Department of Public Safety office to have the bag picked up and returned to the owner.

The police officer who took the call told the woman to just drop the bag off at DPS in Susupe. But the woman said she doesn't have a car to go to DPS, so the officer told her to look for somebody with a car to have it dropped off, and he then put down the phone.

The woman was shocked to be hearing such statement from a police officer whom she thought couldn't see the urgency of having the bag returned immediately to the owner. Just how many DPS patrol cars ply the streets of Garapan? It took three days for the police to finally pick up the bag.

What's their tagline? Saipan's finest? CNMI's finest?


HBM said...

It looks like they had a mañana attitude--without the sense of urgency. Actually, all of the DPS officers that I have known have been very dedicated and professional. I think that DPS, like all CNMI agencies, is just suffering from a lack of resources because of the fiscal crisis.

rev said...

yup. they were apologetic when we got robbed and couldn't get to our place sooner. can't blame them for that. they save gas and share limited vehicles...

HBM said...

This might also be a sad reflection of the fact that crime is getting worse and the police are more overburdened. When my wallet was stolen stateside, the police wouldn't even begin to investigate it because they were occupied with so many more important things. I hope Saipan never gets to that point.

Anonymous said...

"suffering from a lack of resources because of the fiscal crisis" doesn't excuse anyone (esp. a public servant) to act like an ass.

the other me said...

You get the Police Department you pay for. Lack of fiscal resources and fiscal crises force rain soaked bags found on street corners to the bottom of the priority list. That's just the way it is.

Anonymous said...

I am not shocked at all, they are more worried of them selves and what time are they going to lunch, and meet up w/the achakmakand vice versa. And not only that, instead of being Helpful, they make the situation for the individual even worse, they are a bunch of kids wondering around in the office, accusing callers that you are the Achak mak of so, and so... ( If this particular person, is reading this, you know who you are, how sad for your Husband to work there with you....It was Unbelievable, and childish of you to Text me and hide, you make me laugh, on how childish you were.... LOL) I don't take the Police Department In saipan seriously, They don't know what to do with them selves half the time. I hope they prove me wrong. How Imbarrassing for me, because I am from saipan, and am so disapointed with their action, and how they handle any calls that comes into the department. All I can say is " Wake up, and do something about it" And for those that works with their spouses, If you can't handle your other half recieving calls, then I sugest you get another job, or deal with it.

Anonymous said...

I can see some people would react to what I just said about DPS. You may think, I am over reacting. It is just embarrassing, for a police officer to act like a teenage, accussing of dating one of her fellow officer, is married, saying " I love Juaquin " I forgot what last name the femaale officer text me using government property for personal usage. ( gai mamolao doll) . I have a gift for you, probably you wouldnt understand what it is. Obviously! you don't.

"AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I WILL KEEP my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I WILL NEVER act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendship to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice, or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…law enforcement.

I sugest you read it sometime Officer Delacruz (female). And this time do your job properly.

"will b watching you"

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