Junior police cadet program launched

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Junior Police Cadet Program
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said they hope to continue working with GPD to expand these opportunities for students in the future.

The Guam Department of Education and the Guam Police Department have launched the Junior Police Cadet Program at six elementary schools.

The five-week program aims to empower fifth graders with the confidence to work in a team and build better decision-making skills.

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Jeremiah Bascon from Chief Brodie Elementary School says that the program was a memorable experience.

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“I learned that you make your own choices and you should always try to be on the right path. You have to show discipline so you can learn different things and don’t get yourself in trouble,” Bascon said.

GPD spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao says that the program serves as a guide for these students to keep in touch with their values.

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“Somewhere down the line, they may encounter a situation where they may be forced into peer pressure or something they don’t want to do, they’re gonna reach back into their deepest thoughts and say that they were taught about this,” Tapao said.

An exhibition from all the participating schools will be held on May 16 to celebrate Police Week.

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