By: L.N. Reklai

May 3, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Mr. Hoyt D. Blailes joins the rank of Palau law enforcement on Wednesday after taking his oath as a police officer under the Bureau of Public Safety.

Vice President Raynold Oilouch welcomes Mr. Blailes to the family of law enforcement, emphasizing his commitment to build the Palau law enforcement up to adequately meet the security needs of the Republic.


Mr. Blailes is the first officer to be sworn in as part of the incentive program implemented by Minister of Justice Oilouch.  Applicants to the Ministry are hired while they undergo the police academy and not after as previously practiced.

“While undergoing training, they will be paid and so when they complete the training, they can immediately take their posts,” stated Minister Oilouch of the new policy.

The  police academy which is already into its 3rd week of training, is focused specifically on police training unlike the law enforcement academy that is more general. The police academy is specifically geared toward police officers.

“We will not have to wait until after the academy to hire. Mr. Blailes is first but I’ve already sign personnel actions for others and we expect to have more officers shortly,” added Vice President and Justice Minister Raynold Oilouch. [/restrict]