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Rota, Tinian will have own police academy

ROTA and Tinian will have their own police academy, their Department of Public Safety resident directors told Variety.

On Saipan, the 23rd cycle police academy has begun with 34 participating cadets, none of whom are from Rota and Tinian.

DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero said Tinian and Rota have resident departments that are funded separately with the mayor as expenditure authority.

“I have no authority over them as far as funds are concerned,” he said. “In the past, each island had always covered their expenses when sending cadets to the academy. They paid for their airline tickets, their housing and their transportation.”

In separate interviews, the Tinian and Rota DPS directors said they are working with criminal justice coordinator Zerlyn Taimanao of Northern Marianas College to have their police academy accredited.

Tinian DPS Resident Director Matthew Masga said sending 10 to 12 cadets to Saipan for the academy will cost Tinian $220,000.

Rota DPS Resident Director Eusebio Manglona said it will cost  about $200,000 to send 10 cadets to Saipan.

According to Guerrero, DPS central continues to provide support to the resident departments on Tinian and Rota.

“As a matter of fact we gave Tinian and Rota DPS two brand new vehicles from the Saipan fleet. If we have extra handguns we give them to Tinian and Rota. We have given them the support that we can provide,” Guerrero added.

“But keep in mind that I cannot give up things if doing so can jeopardize operation here on Saipan.”

Guerrero said he has told the Tinian and Rota resident departments to pay for their own expenses as much as possible. “I did tell them that because we can no longer support them all the time — funds are tight.”