Erring and non-performing policemen will undergo back-to-basic refresher courses in Negros Occidental, too, Supt. William Senoron, regional manager of the PNP Training Service, said yesterday.
Nobody will be spared in the retraining program of PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo, Senoron said.
There are about 2,500 policemen stationed in Negros Occidental, including those assigned in Bacolod City and the 6th Regional Public Safety Management Battalion.
Senoron said the retraining of policemen and women is aimed at re-orienting them in the basic police functions, values and ethics, as well as the new policies in the PNP.
Fifty-two policemen assigned at the Bacolod City Police Office are completing a week-long retraining on June 11, while 74 in Silay City, Negros Occidental, will undergo a similar training Jan. 17.
Senoron said the troopers assigned at the Negros Occidental Public Safety Management Company will temporarily take over the functions of the Silay police force, as agreed upon between him and Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director.
The back-to-basic program of Bacalzo is aimed at improving and developing a better image for the organization that has recently been rocked by reports of rogue policemen involvement in kidnapping, maltreatment, murder and use of prohibited drugs, including a policeman assigned in Negros Occidental.
There are observations that some policemen forget the basics when get promoted, or are appointed to a higher position.
Police records also show that 231 policemen in Region 6 are facing various administrative charges before the PNP Legal Service department.
Senoron said an initial reaction he got from policemen-participants is of their not being aware of new laws in the PNP, and that some things had not been taught to them while undergoing basic police training in previous years.
What we are doing, he added, is not to rely heavily on books and theories, but more on what is happening right now.
Senoron also encouraged support of local government units in the retraining of their police forces.
After Silay, the PNP Training Service, in coordination with the Police Regional Office 6 Human and Resource Doctrine Development, will also subject policemen of Victorias City, and those in southern Negros towns and cities for retraining.*GPB