Naputi sworn in as airport police chief

SWEARING IN: Acting Gov. Joshua Tenorio, left, administers the oath of office to Vince Naputi, the new police chief of the Guam International Airport Authority, during a swearing-in ceremony Friday at Adelup. Dontana Keraskes/The Guam Daily Post

Vincent Naputi took an oath and was officially sworn in as the new police chief of the Guam International Airport Authority.

A special ceremony was held Friday at Adelup.

"I worked really hard to get to this point in my career," said Naputi.

He was joined by his family, airport management and staff and fellow law enforcement officers, as his wife pinned on his badge signifying the start of his new leadership role.

"I am confident that along with my brothers and sisters in uniform who uphold those high safety and security standards, I am optimistic about the future and I look forward to a productive and prolific relationship with my team in the days ahead," he said. "As your chief, I am committed to continuing the professional levels of service instituted by our preceding leaders and to integrate innovative systems to improve heighten security and safety practices."

Law enforcement background

Naputi's career in law enforcement started as a police officer with the airport in 1991. He told attendees at the ceremony that he's known from the start that he wanted to lead the officers at the airport.

He also worked with the Guam Police Department and most recently with the Judiciary of Guam as a marshal of the court.

His background includes years of law enforcement training.

"We certainly have all the confidence in you and look forward to nothing but good things from you," said Tom Ada, GIAA executive manager.

"This section is going to benefit from your many years of training," said acting Gov. Joshua Tenorio. "You are going to be an excellent addition to the airport authority."

Support from recruits

Naputi will lead 45 police officers and 35 security guards at the airport, as well as the seven new recruits currently in training.

John Paul Mallari is among the recruits excited to get to work under Naputi's watch.

The recruits attended the ceremony at Adelup.

"It was a just perfect timing," Mallari said. "There was going to be a change at the airport, where leadership is changing with a progressive movement. We are just fortunate enough to be getting in at this time and being able to be a part of the process."

Mallari said the cycle has been training for the past several weeks and is expected to begin work by the end of July.

Police recruit Albert Johnston said, "I know Chief Naputi is really big on training, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he had to offer whether we get trained on combative or rules and regulations of the airport for personnel. I am just excited to see what he has to offer for the airport."