The standards set by the POST Commission will be one of the biggest hurdles the Department of Corrections will face as it tries to bring new corrections officers on board quickly.
The Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission sets the standards for hiring and training as well as the fitness standards for peace officers on Guam.
Former airport police chief Bob Camacho is the executive director of the POST Commission.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero told reporters this week that she is working with Camacho to streamline some of the requirements set by the POST Commission.
Camacho told the Pacific News Center that it is possible to waive some requirements and grant temporary certifications to those who have prior experience.
“Only if you were a previous law enforcement officer. Let’s say you got out 5 years ago and you want to get back in, we can re-certify you temporarily and you get 3 years, one or 2 years, depending upon what the agency wants, and you know to get up to speed,” Camacho said.
Camacho said there are dozens of GPD reserve officers and part-time airport officers who might qualify for corrections officers under the temporary provision.
However, he said those without any law enforcement experience, or those starting from scratch, would not qualify for temporary certifications as peace officers unless the law is changed.