The Bureau of Public Safety hired 13 new police officers. The 13 new officers took their oaths of affirmation yesterday, January 12, 2023, at the BPS Administration Compound in Koror.
The event was witnessed by families of the new officers, the Ministry of Justice Management Team, fellow officers, and staff. Director Ismael Aquon swore in the new officers.
Last year, Vice President and Minister of Justice Uduch Sengebau-Senior reported that MOJ had lost police officers due to several reaching retirement age and young people choosing to leave for the United States.
Most of the new officers sworn in were cadets from the Police Academy. The new officers were Stonn Adachi, Melissa Amalei, Jaylen Basilius, Tyson Inacio, Susau Kelulau, Seigal Masang, Amanda Mettao, Ryne Ngiramengior, Natashia Oiterong, Kabe Rdiall, Shiena Sato, Mally Tkel, and Patricio Tkel.
Asterio Takashi, Special Assistant to the Vice President, conveying remarks on behalf of the Vice President and Minister of Justice Sengebau-Senior, stressed the importance of the role of the officers in keeping peace and protecting public safety, the protection of lives and properties.