A four-day training symposium sponsored by the Pacific Judicial Council on U.S. Marshal Procedures and Court Security was held from Aug. 20 to 23 under auspices at the U.S. District Court in Guam.
Pacific Judicial Council president F. Philip Carbullido opened the sessions led by U.S. Marshal Frank Leon Guerrero. Twenty-five court security personnel from throughout the Pacific Region, including CNMI Marshal Service Division members Chief Marshal Anthony Benavente and deputy marshals Jesus Santos, Juan Atalig, Cindy Serrano, Benusto Lisua, and Anthony Atalig attended the training.
In addition to receiving an overview of the latest in courthouse security, participants attended classes including Prisoners in Court, Officer Survival & Defense Tactics, Airborne/Blood-borne Pathogens, Prisoner Search and Restraints, and Threat Management and Use of Deadly Force.
Presenters included U.S. Marshal Frank Leon Guerrero, Judiciary of Guam; Marshal Edward Toves, Captain Joey Terlaje, and U.S. Senior Inspectors Rick Guzman, John Jennings, and Guam District U.S. Senior Inspector, Tania Muna.
This training was part of the Marshal Service Division's ascendency to being a fully recognized law enforcement entity pursuant to Public Law 17-41. On the way to assuming new duties and responsibilities, the division's members have made a commitment to undergo officer and firearms training and periodic recertification at the same level of professionalism as the Department of Public Safety.
CNMI Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho, who joined the Judiciary in late 2011, is overseeing the Marshal Service Division's training curriculum. It was through the special cooperation of the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Adult Probation that the members of the Marshal Division were all able to attend the training and the security of the court house and its patrons maintained.
Deputy Marshal I Cindy Serrano, who has four years with the Saipan division, was one of four women involved in the training. She described the training as intense but highly beneficial to the performance of her duties.