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Controversy arises over DOC recruit's training

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - A Department of Corrections recruit was removed from the training cycle after he allegedly harassed another recruit. DepCor Director J.B. Palacios says the complaint accuses recruit Eric Santos of "mimicking" the actions of another recruit. However, more questions are being raised about the decisions of DepCor management, as they now assigned Santos to the Hagatna Detention Facility without the full training required.

"After spending thousands of dollars in recruiting recruit Santos, for me to just do the easy thing, which is just to dismiss him and flush thousands of dollars of taxpayer investment into making this person a professional corrections officer, I think that would be irresponsible for me," he stated.  

Palacios also defends the assignment by saying that Santos had one of the highest academic scores. He says the recruit will be recycled to the next training cycle expected to begin on August 26.

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