6 Sep 2010

CNMI police to stop non-emergency services

10:48 am on 6 September 2010

The Department of Public Safety in the Northern Marianas will suspend public services that it considers as non-emergency and non-essential, effective next week.

Police spokesman, Sgt Thomas Blas Jr, says the Department's Commissioner, Santiago Tudela, issued the directive to stop non-essential and non-emergency services due to financial constrains and the burdening of resources.

Services that will be suspended include police escorts, shoreline security protection, towing of privately owned boats, marine events, special events, and non-emergency locked vehicles.

Sgt Blas says other services that will be stopped are search and rescue operations performed after the first 72 hours, as well as response to a private security alarm.