I would like to add clarity and explain the genesis and evolution of the law enforcement standards which were developed and approved by the Guam P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Commission.
Prior to the enactment of Public Law 32-232, no “across-the-board” standards existed for Guam peace officers in the areas of academics and physical fitness. Agency and department heads were often burdened with the responsibility of developing their own standards which did not necessarily mirror the standards of the other law enforcement agencies. Whenever leadership changed, agencies would sometimes have to adjust to the different standards that were preferred by the incoming leaders. This oftentimes led to frustration and confusion so the Commission felt it was very important to develop and adopt law enforcement standards and have them codified into law.
In 2012, Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio challenged the Commission members to develop minimum standards in the areas of academics and physical fitness. These standards would apply to all peace officers inclusive of police officers, customs officers, firefighters, corrections officers, marshals, probationary officers, attorney general investigators, youth correctional officers, conservation officers and compliance officers. For two years, agency and department heads met monthly and deliberated over which standards would be uniformly applicable to all peace officers. Their hard work and collaboration resulted in the successful production of the first “Guam P.O.S.T. Commission Rules and Regulations” which was presented to former Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz with the 32nd Guam Legislature. These rules and regulations, which included the minimum standards in academics, training and physical fitness, was codified into law by Public Law 32-232 on Dec. 30, 2014.
PL 32-232 accomplished many “firsts” for Guam’s law enforcement community. First, it defines the three categories of p