GPD refutes use of GuamPolice.com as official means of communications

by Jason SalasFriday, September 14, 2001


The Guam Police Department was particularly vocal about a recent alteration to a Web page bearing its namesake; one preaching a call to action in the most extreme means. Right after the initial attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon, the domain name GuamPolice.com altered its page layout, normally one which displayed history, divisional breakdowns, and contact information about the Department.

The new page reflected plain, haunting grey text on a black background, no links, with only an altered graphic of the WTC exploding as the second plane crashed into it, being embraced by a cherub hovering above it. What followed was a message of personal rage. With very the comments being emotionally-charged and violent, calling for “the complete destruction and annihilation” of whichever country and/or parties were associated with the attack, this needless to say was a tone very unbecoming of Guam’s finest.

News8 looked into the issue, due to numerous concerns from the Guam community. The site is apparently the work of a retired GPD officer, who took up the task of building it while assigned to GPD’s MIS Division. And when the Sergeant retired from the Guam Police Department in 1999, the site went with him, and he continued to maintain it as a personal hobby. 

Spokesperson for the Guam Police, Officer A.J. Balajadia said that the domain GuamPolice.com is not, and has never been, representative of the Department, denying culpability for the page and its content. Balajadia added that the Department has never considered the domain name, or it’s content to be the official online presence of the Department.  “This is not our Web site and we are stepping away from having any responsibility that may ensue from the site’s content, and do not associate ourselves with any action(s) that the Web site condones,” Balajadia continued. “But the public is free to contact me directly or by e-mailing gcscoordinator@hotmail.com, and we’ll get back to them right away. Any official release pertinent to crimes are posted to our Guam Crimestoppers page on PikaGuam.com.” At the present moment, GPD does not have an official Web presence.

The site has since been changed to read “The Lord is watching over us,” with the same black background, with new graphic, displaying a statue of Jesus Christ above the WTC.

The former GPD officer was contacted numerous times, but would not comment on the matter.

"This is not our Web site and we are stepping away from having any responsibility that may ensue from the site’s content, and do not associate ourselves with any action(s) that the Web site condones."
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