DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The Department of Public Safety shall include the Division of Police and
Security, the Division of Correction and Rehabilitation, the Division of Fish
and Wildlife and the Division of Fire and Emergency Services. The Department
of Public Safety shall be headed by a director. The Department shall be
responsible for the safeguarding and protecting the lives and property of the
people of Pohnpei, keeping the peace, and assuring compliance with all
The Department shall be responsible for conducting all internal affairs
investigations for the Uniformed Divisions of the Department of Public Safety.
The Department shall also be responsible for training and supervision of all
the personnel in the Department. The Department shall have the following
of Police and Security
The Division shall be headed by the Chief of Police and Security and in
addition to or to complement the functions, duties and responsibilities as set
out the Police and Security Act of 1999, the Division shall be responsible for
the maintenance of public safety and security for the State of Pohnpei. The
Division shall establish, train, equip and maintain a professional force of
police officers and related staff to protect the lives and property of all
persons within the jurisdiction of Pohnpei; for serving court processes and
documents; locating persons or property, conducting interviews; locating and
retrieving records and logistic support functions; for controlling traffic,
registering vehicles, licensing and educating drivers; and to maintain peace
The Division shall establish, train, equip and maintain a uniformed force of
police officers for the prevention of crime, to detect criminal activity, to
respond to the occurrence of crime and to apprehend criminal offenders.
The Division shall establish, train, equip and maintain a cadre of detectives
drawn from its ranks whose responsibility shall be the investigation of crime
and gathering and preservation of evidence.
The Division shall establish, train, equip and maintain a drug enforcement
The Division shall establish, train, equip and maintain a criminal
identification and records unit to establish, operate and maintain a
comprehensive identification and records system on all criminal offenders.
The Division shall establish and maintain a repository for the Micronesian
Region of Law Enforcement and Drug Enforcement data and information for the
Council of Micronesian Chief Executives.
The Division shall undertake efforts to educate the community, particularly
the youth of Pohnpei about drug abuse, crime and
of Correction and Rehabilitation
The Division of Correction and Rehabilitation shall be headed by the Chief of
Corrections and Rehabilitation and shall have the following responsibilities:
The Division shall be responsible for the physical custody, care and treatment
of all persons lawfully detained awaiting trial by order of a court of proper
jurisdiction, or sentenced to a term of imprisonment by such a court, or whose
custody has been transferred to the State of Pohnpei pursuant to a cooperative
agreement with another State in the Federated States of Micronesia pursuant to
Agreement on Execution on Penal Sentences of the Compact of Free Association,
all persons arrested or detained as suspects by police or peace officers; and
juveniles arrested or detained by police or peace officers as suspects in
criminal activity or sentenced to a term of detention pursuant to a finding of
delinquency by a court of proper jurisdiction.
The Division shall establish and maintain adequate services and facilities to
provide for the care, treatment, food, lodging and physical security of
inmates, and detainees, including women prisoners and detainees as well as
The Division shall establish, train, equip and maintain a professional force
of corrections officers and related staff to provide for the care, treatment
and security of inmates and detainees and the physical security of all
facilities operated by the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The Division shall develop and implement corrective and rehabilitative
programs, including educational and vocational training, for inmates, which
shall prepare them for their eventual return to society to help prevent
further criminal activity.
The Division shall establish programs and activities which allow the prisoners
to be productive while serving their sentence.
The Division shall establish and implement a system of policies, procedures,
rules and regulations for administering all custodial facilities operated by
the Division in a manner which achieves both order and security, and the
humane treatment of prisoners.
Division of Fire and Emergency Services
The Division shall be headed by a Chief of Fire and tasked with the following
The Division shall be responsible for fire suppression, safety, coordination
of search and rescue missions and disaster preparedness, coordination of
response; relief and control from natural and man-made disasters;
Provide professional training to existing officers, so they can act as first
in cases of fire, disaster and medical emergency;
Establish fire prevention programs to educate the public on the hazards of
uncontrolled fires, and the methods for responding to fires;
Conduct and coordinate search and rescue operations, and cooperate with search
and rescue agencies of other states, the Government of the Federated States of
Micronesia, the Government of the United States of America and its agencies,
and any other regional governments or search and rescue agencies, in
developing plans and programs, and mutual aid agreements for search and rescue
activities within the state of Pohnpei.
and directed to provide, in coordination with other agencies of the FSM
National Government, Pohnpei State, and the Local Governments, first response
services to fire emergencies and disasters and;
May enter into contracts with the Department of Health Services to provide
qualified staff for ambulances and other first response services.
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