Interviewed: Mr. Fanian Bamngin
Title: Acting Chief of Police, Yap State.
Educational Background: Received AAS Degree in Criminal Justice at Cochise College at Douglas, Arizona.
From: Gal, Kanifay, Yap State
I met Mr. Bamgngin on Continental Flight 957 as he boarded at the Pohnpei Airport. He sat next to me, and I started a conversation with him. This conversation led to an interview. I was honored that he agreed to share his work and opinions to the rest of Micronesia.
(MW= Micronesia Watch; FB= Fanian Bamngin)
MW: How did you become the acting Chief of Police?
FB: The former Chief of Police has been sick and has been through medical treatment. As a result of his illness, I became the Acting Chief of Police.
MW: How long have you served as an Acting Chief of Police?
FB: I served since November 2010
MW: What does your job entail?
FB: I work for the Division of Public Safety which is under the Attorney General’s Office. I overlook the division of the Public Safety. There are 5 sectors under the Division of Public Safety which are Investigation, Fire, Correction, Oppression, and Administration.
MW: Were there any serious cases you encountered?
FB: Yes, I cannot remember the date. However, the case involved an American female teacher from S.D.A. School who was killed. The killer is still under custody.
MW: What do you think is the number one crime in the F.S.M.?
FB: I would say that it is alcohol. The reason is because alcohol causes a lot of crimes, and the use of alcohol leads to crimes being committed.
MW: What do you think about dual citizenship?
FB: (No comment)
MW: What is the process of becoming a police officer in Yap?
FB: They go through training, and the person gets interviewed by the staff and chief.
MW: What are your thoughts on improving Yap’s police system?
FB: We need more training for police officers.
MW: Do police officers from each state meet?
FB: If there is need of police enforcement from all F.S.M, then they’ll meet.
MW: Any advice for the young Micronesians?
FB: Follow traditional custom and laws. Always remember tradition and culture.