The National Police Commission is now drafting a resolution to improve the recruitment process of policemen, following a spate of criminal cases with law enforcers as perpetrators, especially those who just entered the police service, Commissioner Constancia de Guzman said.
De Guzman who spoke at the opening of the 7-day retraining “back to basic” course, for Silay policemen and women, said awareness of the best practices of the police, should start in the school, and not just in the recruitment process.
“As much as possible, we want the children to be aware that being a policeman, you should be mission-oriented, and not because this is a sure source of income,” she added.
De Guzman said Napolcom is now considering scholarships for children aspiring to be policemen, starting from elementary to college.
PNP chief Raul Bacalzo had earlier suggested that Napolcom prioritize neuro-psychiatric tests, rather than agility, in the recruitment of policemen and police cadets.
De Guzman also said that getting the strongest, does not necessarily mean getting the best and brightest. “We are looking into redefining the profile of policemen beyond law enforcement,” she added.
In his recommendation to Napolcom, Bacalzo said “Once we get a pool of recruits who are psychologically fit, then we will determine who among them is physically fit”.
In 2010, more than 230 policemen in Region 6 were charged before the PNP Legal Service for various administrative offenses.
Records of the Commission on Human Rights also showed that, for more than a decade, policemen have consistently topped its list of human rights violators in Western Visayas.
De Guzman said the retraining of policemen, now being done by the PNP Training Service, will help the police make personal assessments on what went wrong, especially in the values system.
While you retrain them in the skills of basic law enforcement, the course should focus on the spirituality and morality of policemen as human beings, and interacting with the people in the community, she said.
More than 70 policemen and women assigned in Silay City are now undergoing a back-to-basics training at the Silay Civic Center, in coordination with the Soroptimist International Silay, conducted by the regional training unit headed by Supt. William Senoron.
Last week, 54 policemen assigned at the Bacolod City Police Office also completed a similar training.
Troopers of the Provincial Public Safety Management have temporarily taken over the Silay City Police Station.
Napolcom vice chairman and executive officer Eduardo Escueta said Bacalzo’s suggestion to revamp the recruitment process can be an improvement over the current scheme. "It could even up the playing field since those who do not excel in agility tests, would have better chances of qualifying," Escueta said.
He added that Napolcom will add subjects on moral recovery programs in the examinations for police applicants.*GPB