“The well being of our officers and staff at the Department of Corrections is vital in providing a safe prison facility and an even safer community. Our correctional facilities and the department as a whole, has taken a positive turn recently. Kudos to Director Tony Lamorena and his team. I want to congratulate the new graduates on their accomplishment, and thank them — and their families — for their sacrifice and commitment to serve and protect the people of Guam.”— Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
Largest graduating class
Dec. 22, 2016 (Hagåtña) – The Guam Department of Corrections (DOC) will graduate the largest single class of new corrections officers at the Leo Palace Resort this evening.
After months of academic and physical training, 36 correction officers will receive their badges as they join the rank and file at DOC. Friends and family of the newly graduated officers will join Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio and DOC Director Tony Lamorena as they pin the newest members of DOC officers.
Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio thanks the new officers for stepping up to a challenging job.
“With a career in public service, you have dedicated yourself to making a positive impact on the lives of others, and we are grateful that you have selected public safety as your career path,” Tenorio said.
This will mark the first graduating public safety cycle this fiscal year, and the increase in officers will help to significantly reduce overtime and long hours at the Department of Corrections. Another cycle of 18 more officers will be conducted early next year.
DOC Director Tony Lamorena thanked Governor Calvo and Lt. Governor Tenorio for providing the additional funding and resources for the large-scale recruitment of new officers.
“Our new hires will allow our department to staff our facilities with the necessary and trained personnel to ensure the safety of our inmates, officers, and most importantly, the community on Guam,” Lamorena said.
The Lt. Governor also announced that additional public safety cycles are forthcoming in the Guam Police Department and the Guam Fire Department.