30 cadets complete GCC’s 15th Criminal Justice Academy

by Jayne Flores
Guam Community College

Thirty young people are a major step closer to joining the ranks of Guam’s law enforcement community after completing the 15th Criminal Justice Academy at Guam Community College last Friday.

Sixteen of the Academy cadets are now ready to apply for their Certificate of Criminal Justice, according to Pete Roberto, chair of the GCC Criminal Justice & Social Sciences Dept. Of the remaining 14 cadets, Roberto says eight are anticipated to complete their certificate work by the end of fall semester 2017, and the remaining six in Spring 2018.

“This academy stands out in that it contains the largest percentage of female cadets to date,” noted Roberto. “Of the 30 cadets, 11, or 36% are female. It’s the largest percentage of female enrollment in the Academy since its inception.” Roberto also commended Jonessa G. H. Terlaje for an outstanding job as the first female Class Commander of a GCC Criminal Justice Academy.

The cadets were required to perform several service projects in addition to classroom work, physical fitness training and law enforcement training during the approximately 60-day academy. They joined the Guam Police Department and other law enforcement in the Manenggon March & Run; marched alongside GCC Liberation Day Parade float and performed cadences for the Liberation Day crowd, and prepared food bags for the homeless at Kamalin Karidat in Hagatna, according to Roberto.

Roberto also noted that this academy represented a collaboration on the part of various Guam law enforcement agencies. “The cadre (instructor) was from GPD; two cadets are from Superior Court of Guam and two from Guam Airport Authority, and - special note - two of the cadets are active military serving in the Guard,” Roberto said.

Four of the CJ Academy cadets were selected by the Department of Agriculture’s Law Enforcement Division to participate the inaugural Marine & Terrestrial Conservation Enforcement Regional Academy immediately following this Academy, according to Roberto. The Marine & Terrestrial Conservation Enforcement Academy started earlier this summer.

The Marine & Terrestrial Academy and the 15th CJ Academy are two of four law enforcement academies that ran concurrently on the GCC campus this summer, according to Col. (ret.) Dennis Santo Tomas, executive director of the Peace Officer Standards Training, or POST, Commission. GCC also conducted the 8th Police Officer Training Cycle from the Guam Police Department, the 17th Basic Corrections Officer Cycle from the Department of Corrections.

Suggested photo caption: Front row from left: Daniel Conrad Bascon, Jonessa G. H. Terlaje (Class Commander), Monaliza De Chavez, Lisa Rapolla, Kienan Lawrence Naval, Merced Flores, Corey Duenas, Brittney Leanne Castro, Jacqueline Rieta, and Charlyn Jessica Terlaje; 2nd row (not shown): John Paul Mallari, Junille Robyn Leon Guerrero, Jonathan-Jay Saralu, Kyle Quichocho, Bruce-Long Nguyen, Jonathan David Damian, Davin Ryan Waki, Lester Mariano, Mariel Hautea, and Jacob Penafor; 3rd row (not shown): Kara Nichole Guerrero, David Santiago, Johnny Trinidad Jr., Matthew Alvarez, Eugenius Pewtress, Roland Dowai, Ray Umadhay, Jonah Carbullido, Troy Mykel Muna, and Carla Anysia Laguana, stand at attention before Cadre Paul Sayama during the completion ceremony of the 15th Criminal Justice Academy on August 11, 2017, at the Sheraton Resort Guam.

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