A recruit informed the department that an individual who lived in the same household had tested positive and he had experienced symptoms of the virus.

Ignacio said the department sent the 24 recruits from the cycle to be tested this weekend.

Ten of the 24 tested positive and are now in quarantine.

The remaining recruits who tested negative remain in isolation for the next 14 days.

10 Guam Police Department recruits test positive for Covid-19, training suspended

Guam Police Department Highway Patrol officers J.S. Perez, left, and Morgan Reyes give out instructions to cadets of the 10th GPD Training Cycle during a Traffic Direction Course held at the GPD Headquarters in Tiyan in June 2019. Photo by Dontana Keraskes/The Guam Daily Post

“We are suspending instruction until such time that we get everybody's back into training mode. We will be speaking to [Guam Community College] to see if the online learning can be moved from the GPD training center at Hakubotan to home online learning,” said Ignacio.

The 11 Police Officer Training Cycle began on Nov. 16 and the recruits were scheduled to spend four months in the classroom before moving on to in-service learning and on-the-job training before graduating in approximately one year.

The police chief said the department had renovated the training center and had air purifiers and atomizers and sanitized in the classroom setting.

“We did everything we could do,” he said.

The cycle will resume once those who tested positive recover and come back with negative test results.

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