GPD swears in new police officers

The measure proposes to streamline the hiring practice when it comes to filling vacant law enforcement officer positions, as well as provide qualified agencies the authorization to keep the process of seeking candidates ongoing. (PNC file photo)

Surrounded by their friends and family, two dozen police officers in training were sworn in today to serve in the Guam Police Department.

In a ceremony held at the Guam Police Department Headquarters, members of GPD’s 10th police in training cycle made a pledge to protect the people of Guam. After today, they will go through on the job training at the island’s various precincts.

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According to GPD Chief Stephen Ignacio, this cycle yielded the highest number of recruits within the last few years.

“We’ve always talked about our shortage of police officers, so this is a welcome relief to the police department, but more importantly, to the community,” he said.

Chief Ignacio adds that within the last few days, 19 people have applied to join the department. He says that his goal is to have 30 recruits in the next training cycle.