GPD trains new recruits through NAFTO

Guam Police Department (PNC file photo)

Guam –  Knowledge is power and on the job training is part of that growth. Friday wrapped up a week long training for Guam’s newest men and women in blue who will be hitting the streets soon.

The Guam Police Department has been working for over a year to bring the National association of Field Training officers (NAFTO) to Guam to train and prepare new recruits.

“So when an officer graduates from a police academy or transfers from one agency to another they would ride with a field training officer in a car for a certain number of weeks to kind of round out their training and provide the on the job training,” explained National training Coordinator, Graham Tinius for the National Association of Field Training Officers.

He says the NAFTO exists to provide on the job ethical training to law enforcement across the country. According to the NAFTO website, “Field Training Officers train and evaluate career candidates in preparation for solo duty in law enforcement, corrections and communications. Our Basic three day course will provide the new FTO with the tools necessary to train and evaluate career candidates during the field training process.”

“I personally would like to commend the GPD and their training staff for taking the steps to bring us out here and provide this training not only to their police department but the effort they put in to opening it up to other agencies from around the area to come to this training as well,” expressed Tinius.

The training consisted of a week long training focused on a three day basic class, a one day advance class and a one day management class for the GPD and surrounding agencies.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.