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Certification and Adoption of Regulations of the DPS Fire Division
Friday, 31 October 2014 12:27

ACTION TO ADOPT PROPOSED REGULATIONS: The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Department of Public Safety ("DPS"), Fire Division ("FD"), Fire Prevention and Arson Investigation ("FPAI") Unit, HEREBYADOPTS AS PERMANENT regulations the Proposed Regulations which were published in the Commonwealth Register at the abovereferenced pages, pursuant to the procedures of the Administrative procedure Act, 1 CMC § 9104(a). The DPS-FD, FPAI Unit announced that it intended to adopt them as permanent, and now does so. It is also certified that:

as published, such adopted regulations are true, complete and correct copy of the referenced Proposed Regulations,

and that they are being adopted without modification or amendment.

PRIOR PUBLICATION: The prior publication was as stated above. 


AUTHORITY: The DPS-FD, FPAI Unit is required by the Legislature to adopt rules and regulations regarding those matters over which the DPS-FD, FPAI Unit has jurisdiction, including its regulation of the Fire Code Rules and Regulations. PL 11-56, the "Commonwealth Fire Safety Code Act of 1998."

To read the full regulation, please download it pdfhere

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 12:46
Vehicle Crash
Monday, 27 October 2014 16:15

On October 25, 2014 at 1316hrs, DPS Central Headquarters received a call of a car crash that occurred in San Roque in front of the old La Fiesta Mall.

Preliminary Investigation:

It was learned from the at-scene investigator Sgt. Anthony Macaranas, that the vehicle involved in the crash was traveling north approaching the former La Fiesta compound. The driver of the vehicle lost control swerving into the inner north bound lane and struck the “island” which caused the vehicle to flip. The vehicle continued into the south bound lanes until it struck the concrete wall on the south bound shoulder and came to rest on the “merging” south bound lane.

Follow Up Investigations:

Further investigations and processing of the crash scene, have identified speed as a factor and caused of this crash. Operator was cited for Unqualified Driver, Speeding, Reckless Driving and other traffic infractions.

Operator: 15 years old Nat’l / Sex: Chamorro/Male
Injuries: Right hip abrasion/right knee abrasion/bruised shoulder/right arm.

Passenger #1: 14 years old Nat'l/Sex: Chamorro/Female
Injuries: Right lower head pain/right shoulder and arm pain.

Passenger #2: 14 years old Nat'l /Sex: Chamorro/Male

All occupants of the vehicle were transported to the Commonwealth Health Center for treatment and all were later released.

Make: Toyota Model: 4-door sedan, corolla Color: Blue
L/P# ABC 538
Damages: Extensive damages on the right and the top side.

Grotto Drowning - Update
Sunday, 19 October 2014 20:17

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 at approximately 0924hrs, DPS Police Officers and DPS Fire Medics were dispatched to the Grotto in Marpi for an unconscious and not breathing male individual. The victim was spotted by the entrance to Cave #3 at the Grotto and was brought ashore by local divers who spotted him. The middle-aged Caucasian male was transported to CHC by DPS Fire Medics where he was pronounced deceased. Through investigation, it was learned that the victim arrived at the Grotto on Saturday afternoon to snorkel. The victim was alone at the time and therefore the events leading up to his drowning cannot be determined. VICTIM:  ERIC JOSEPH BJORGE DOB: 4/03/1962 An autopsy was performed on Monday, October 20, 2014 by Dr. Espinola and it was determined that the cause of death was due to drowning.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:45
Managaha Drowning
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 06:43

On Friday, October 10, 2014 at approximately 1553hrs, DPS Boating Safety Section was dispatched to a drowning incident near Managaha Island reef. DPS was notified that the victim was being transported to Smiling Cove Marina by the “Ocean Star” vessel. 

The victim was on a snorkeling tour of the reef aboard the “Ocean Star”. According to witness accounts, the victim was seen towing himself to the boat using the secured rope line but, before reaching the boat, the victim’s head was seen dipping under the water. One witness stated that the victim’s mask did not appear to be properly secured. Boat crew personnel jumped into the water and assisted the passenger on board but found the victim to be unconscious and not breathing. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation was performed by the vessel crew while the team transported the victim to the Cove to meet with DPS Medics. 

The victim was transported to CHC by DPS Medics and was pronounced dead at 1630hrs by Doctor Kotheimer; stating the cause of death to have been Drowning. 






The United States Coast Guard has been notified and are currently conducting their own investigation of the incident as the inspection authority over the vessel. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:45
Cyber Safety Pasifika brings Internet Awareness to the Northern Mariana Islands
Friday, 12 September 2014 13:13

The CNMI Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to announce the roll out of Cyber Safety Pasifika project in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The project is aimed at protecting communities, children, youth and other vulnerable people from the impact of cyber-crime. It is primarily an educational program with back up crime reporting and investigational support through Australia and New Zealand.

Cyber Safety Pasifika is collaboration between the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) Secretariat, Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN) and the High Tech Crime Operations (HTCO), Crime Prevention team, of the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) endorsed Cyber Safety Pasifika as a high priority police project at their meeting in Pohnpei in 2011, and it was launched on the Gold Coast, Australia in 2012.

“These presentations equate to some 22,000 children and young people having been exposed to Cyber Safety awareness and presentations have been made to 800 community members since the program was launched in 2012” Federal Agent Melissa Northam (Australian Federal Police) stated about the launch.

DPS is very grateful to the PICP, the AFP and the presenters for coming to the CNMI to help with this very important project. In particular, DPS wishes to thank the delegates of the PICP for their support in getting the program delivered across the Pacific.

A two person team from the Australian Federal Police High Tech Crime Operations and the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat spent a hectic three days on the Saipan delivering a workshop to 8 CNMI DPS Officers. The group was also able to deliver awareness sessions to Mariana’s High School, Kagman High School, and Cha Cha Ocean View Middle School.

Internet awareness sessions will begin to be a part of the local Cyber Safety Pasifika team and will roll out island wide to all schools.

Further information regarding Cyber Safety Pasifika can be found at:


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Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 14:22
OPCR Checkpoints for Rota
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:13

The Commonwealth State Police, Department of Public Safety, Police Division, Traffic Section, will be conducting Occupant Protection/Child Restraint Checkpoints on the dates and times listed below:

Friday, September 19, 2012

1. First set up – 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., San Francisco Highway, Pinatang
2. Second set up – 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., San Francisco Highway, Sonton
3. Third set up – 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., San Francisco Highway, Chaliat

Each Occupant Protection/Child Restraint Checkpoint will last at least 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes). This activity is part of the Commonwealth State Police, Department of Public Safety’s effort to ensure that all passengers are wearing proper restraining devices, seatbelts or car seats.

In addition, Traffic and Patrol Officers will be conducting Highway Criminal Interdictions, Saturation Patrols, Aggressive Driver Interdictions, and Laser (Speed Detection) Enforcement.

For more information, please contact Sergeant Jarrod T. Manglona, Traffic Section, at (670) 532-9530.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 10:15

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