Public Safety

“Our police officers, firefighters, customs officers, correctional officers, and emergency managers are our frontline and our first responders. They sacrifice a lot to protect our community, and we will continue to do our part to take care of them and keep our islands safe.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres


Since becoming Governor, Governor Torres has aggressively pushed for strengthening law enforcement in the villages, particularly on drug crimes and substance abuse. He led efforts with all three branches for a stronger justice system that gives drug offenders a second chance in life through the CNMI Drug Court and his Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Rehabilitation program. Through these collective efforts, the CNMI’s crime rate declined by 65.3% from 2013 to 2018.

Governor Torres has also advocated for raising the salaries of all law enforcement—police officers, firefighters, correctional officers, and customs officers. In 2017, the Torres administration gave first responders their first salary increases since the 1990s.

During the ongoing CNMI COVID-19 response, first responders from the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Department of Public Safety, and CNMI Division of Customs Service continue their work in protecting the health and safety of the Marianas from the global pandemic. 

For more information, check out the following links:

CNMI Department of Public Safety
CNMI Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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