20 New Customs Officers Sworn In

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Guam – 20 new customs officers graduated Friday following 3 months of training.

They were the top 20 candidates from the 735 who applied, according to a release from Adelup. Their addition raises the total number of trained, uniformed, Customs Officers at Guam’s  airport and commercial port to 139.

The release from Adelup quotes the Governor as saying that “The strength of our economy depends on a strong and efficient Customs and Quarantine Agency. Congratulations to the recruits for all of their hard work to keep our borders safe.”

And Lt. Governor Tenorio notes in the release that the customs Officers are “the first line of defense against drugs – a deadly habit that hurts our island families, especially our children.”

READ the release from the Governor’s Office below:

“Customs and Quarantine are an important part of public safety on Guam. They control what comes in and leaves our borders, and ensure that drugs and contraband don’t find their way to our families. They safeguard our community from illegal imports. The strength of our economy depends on a strong and efficient Customs and Quarantine Agency. Congratulations to the recruits for all of their hard work to keep our borders safe.”  – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo

Twenty new recruits sworn in to serve
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo joined the families and friends of twenty new recruits to swear them in as new Customs and Quarantine Officers. These are the top 20 candidates out of 735 applicants.

“These Customs and Quarantine Officers join the ranks and continue a legacy of service to keep our community safe. They are the first line of defense against drugs – a deadly habit that hurts our island families, especially our children.” – Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio

New recruits strengthen force
Guam Customs and Quarantine now has 139 trained and uniformed officers at the main ports of entry on Guam, including the 20 that graduated today. The new recruits have gone through training in criminal law, basic police report writing, first responder training, hands-on training with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Drug Enforcement Agency, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

Training started in July 2013 and was coordinated with the Guam Community College and was funded locally. The 10th Customs Cycle started in late March last year. The recruits underwent over 800 hours of training and academic courses.

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