Governor Oliver swore in members of the Police Commission at the Governor’s Conference room, Peilapalap, Kolonia on December 16, 2021. Four new members of the Commission were nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the 10th Pohnpei State Legislature:
Wensper Raymond
Baron Mendiola
Joab Paul
Patrick Pedrus
In his remarks, Governor Oliver expressed gratitude to Speaker Edwin and the 10th Pohnpei State Legislature for their cooperation and support to confirm the commission members. He also thanked the Director of the Department of Public Safety, Mr. Patrick Carl, and the Attorney General’s office for their support. Governor Oliver noted that the Police Commission’s duties and responsibilities are unique because they are dealing with law enforcement. He urged the committee members to work with the Department of Public Safety, Legislative Counsel, and AG’s office to review and affirm their duties and responsibilities as prescribed by Pohnpei State law. He thanked the spouses and family members of the committee members for their valuable support.
Speaker Edwin and the Vice Chairman of the Judiciary and Governmental Operations Committee, Senator Dahker Abraham, congratulated and issued the commission members their certificates of appointment. Speaker Edwin also spoke of the unique duties and responsibilities of the commission, acknowledging the need for oversight of law enforcement officers to maintain their bearing and professionalism. Mr. Wensper Raymond, spoke on behalf of the committee members to thank Governor Oliver, Speaker Edwin, 10th Pohnpei State Legislature, and Director Carl for the opportunity to serve on the commission.
Deacon William Ioanis, who is also a Police Captain, gave the opening prayer. Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Peterkio Hairens, was the master of ceremonies.
According to 16 PC 1-119, it shall be the responsibility of the commission to:
Oversee the activities of the Division of Police and Security and make periodic reports to the Governor and the Legislature as to the operations of the Division and its effectiveness in enforcing the laws of the state; (2) Receive and investigate complaints from the general public on any matter relative to the jurisdiction and activities of the Division; and (3) Advise the Director and the Chief as to corrective action where necessary.
Source: S.L. No. 4L-139-99 §20, 11/22/99

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