The Customs and Quarantine Agency (CQA) will hold a graduation ceremony for the 11th Customs Training Cycle on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lotte Hotel in Tumon.
The 11th Customs Training Cycle is comprised of 23 customs trainees. Trainees were hired in April of 2019 and have since 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.
Ike Q. Peredo, Director of the CQA states, “this is the first customs training cycle to graduate in six years and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time. I want to thank the Leon Guerrero and Tenorio Administration for hearing our call and supporting us to make it happen.” The 11th Customs Training Cycle will be the third largest cycle to graduate in customs’ history.
The graduates began their training to become Customs Officers in May 2019. Training included classroom study, physical training, first responder training, firearms training, interpersonal relations, customs authorities, customs operations and enforcement areas, and received on-the-job training. Instruction was given by experienced public safety instructors.