11th Customs training cycle graduates 2 officers

The two graduating Customs officers pose with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and GCQA director Ike Peredo. (GCQA photo)

The Customs and Quarantine Agency (CQA) held a swearing-in ceremony for two graduating officers initially a part of the already sworn-in 11th Customs Training Cycle on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. The event took place at Adelup.

“Most of the 11th Training Cycle graduated in January 2020, at a time we were unaware of the impending pandemic. I am thankful that our administration pushed for additional Customs Officers when we did, otherwise, we may not have been able to have as strong a hold at our borders to safeguard our island and people as we did,” stated Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio adds, “As a result, the additional resources at our border allowed us to minimize the spread as we moved toward capacity building in our aim to mitigate the pandemic’s effects within our community.”

Three officers of the 11th Customs Training Cycle were unable to join their peers at the graduation ceremony last year due to military deployments. Today, two of the three officers have completed their training in full and swore in as law enforcement officers. The remaining trainee is currently still on military deployment.

Ike Q. Peredo, Director of Customs states, “The COVID-19 pandemic prolonged their time in training as various courses and certifications outside the agency must have been completed prior to swearing-in as a law enforcement officer. I’m glad the two will be joining their peers and look forward to when the last trainee will join the rest.”

Trainees were hired in April of 2019 and have completed the Guam Community College’s Certificate in Criminal Justice Program and the CQA’s Customs In-Service Technical Training Program to become sworn customs officers and have met the requirements of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission.