- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Guam police say more full-time officers and more volunteers are required to meet the needs of the public on the island.

Police officers respond to 3,300 calls for help in any given month, Pacific Daily News (https://is.gd/k24vsY ) reported.

There are now 298 full-time officers on the department, 120 civilian reservists and 30 volunteers, according to police. Altogether, 400 full-time officers and more volunteers are needed to oversee the island, officials said.

Police spokesman A.J. Balajadia said additional officers are most needed in detective positions and on patrol shifts.

Gov. Eddie Calvo last month committed to hiring 100 new police and corrections officers by the end of the year. Police, however, said the Guam force would still fall short of the numbers needed.

According to police, more than 32,800 police cases were listed as being open or suspended between 2008 to earlier this month.

Of those cases, nearly 12,300 open cases were assigned to the criminal investigation division. The time allotted for almost 60 percent of those cases under the statute of limitations has expired, police said. Balajadia said the department’s case-clearing rate typically ranges between 30 and 40 percent.

The suspended cases total more than 20,500. The cases didn’t offer enough information to pursue them, according to Balajadia.

Police say the department also needs eight more marked vehicles.

Police said they want to find people to take administrative roles in the department, and not just increase the rank-and-file.

“We also need to promote up the ranks, allowing lower-level positions to open for recruitment,” Balajadia said. “This may be a cost savings for the agency when you consider the retirement of high-paid senior officers and managers.”

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