“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.
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