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Guam law enforcement agencies?

Post  ChrisF202 on Thu 27 Aug 2009, 10:40 am

Anybody have any information on uniforms, rank insignia - especially historical?

Guam is a US territory in the Pacific with a population of about 178,000. It has been a US territory since 1898 when we captured it from Spain in the Spanish American War.

There are numerous law enforcement agencies:

Guam Police Department
created in 1949
309 sworn officers and 66 civilian employees (as of 2006)
primary law enforcement agency

Rank insignia as of 2004 (I know for a fact it has changed since then):

Police Officer I - no rank insignia
Police Officer II - 1 chevron
Police Officer III - 2 chevrons
Sergeant - 3 chevrons
Lieutenant - 1 silver bar
Captain - 2 silver bars
Major - gold oak leaf
Colonel - silver eagle
Chief - 1 silver star

PO II, PO III, and Sergeant chevrons were NYPD style with a gold star worn below on the upper sleeves below the shoulder patch. Lt - Chief were metal pin insignia worn on dark blue slip on shoulder tabs

Antonio B. Won Pat Guam International Airport Authority Police Department

Port Authority of Guam Police Department

Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency
Guam was the only US territory to have it's own customs agency seperate from the US Customs and Border Protection (and it's predecessor the US Customs Service). This agency was absorbed into the US Customs and Border Protection about 2 or 3 years ago.

Guam Courts Administration Marshal Division

Guam Department of Corrections

Guam Department of Agriculture Conservation Officers

Guam Department of Parks and Recreation Park Patrol Officers

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Some websites to surf

Post  Les-Art on Thu 27 Aug 2009, 1:09 pm

Hi Chris,
Guess who!!

I reckoned you had already Wiki'd your enquiry so didn't bother with this myself.
However a little bit of surfing came up with these websites which I think will be useful for background info;

users.ap.net/~burntofferings/adsusmc_guam.html

www.justice.gov.gu/SuperiorHistory/hist_05.html

guampedia.com/category/48-3-u-s-naval-era/entry/

Just as we discussed on the Puerto Rico thread Guam had an 'Insular Guard Force' as police. Run by the US Marines under the control of the 'Bureau of Insular Affairs'. This will give you some info prior to the 1949 creation of the Guam Poice Department.

On the Justice website listed above, it looks like they had a Police force as early as 1905.

See what you think of these sites and I'll see what else I can come up with.

I think your list of what is currently in use as Law Enforcement in Guam is accurate. I would add the UNITED STATES MARSHAL SERVICE, who I believe maintain a FIELD OFFICE there.
FBI should also have a Field Office ,but it may come under the wider Micronesia designation.

Best Regards,
Les

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Re: Guam law enforcement agencies?

Post  Les-Art on Thu 27 Aug 2009, 1:13 pm

Just noticed that 2 of the web adresses don't come up as highlighted when you run the cursor over them so here they are again;

users.ap.net/~burntofferings/adsusmc_guam.html
guampedia.com/category/48-3-u-s-naval-era/entry/

If this still doesn't work just paste them into your search engine.

Les

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Re: Guam law enforcement agencies?

Post  ChrisF202 on Thu 27 Aug 2009, 10:10 pm

Thanks Les, I will check those websites out in a bit. Unfortunately, unlike Puerto Rico finding historical pictures will be even harder but I have come across a few in the past and I will see if I can locate them again.

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Illustration, 1954

Post  Sean on Mon 31 Aug 2009, 5:28 am

This illustration is based on a picture from Life Magazine, 1954

http://i82.servimg.com/u/f82/12/22/09/10/54_gua10.gif

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Note the star on the left chest.
I presume he is a policeman, and no higher rank due to a lack of badges.

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