Cops to undergo two-week retraining on good manners

THE members of the 130, 000 strong Philippine National Police (PNP) will undergo a two-week long training on good manners and right conduct (GMRC), its spokesman said Thursday.

The move came following the involvement of at least 14 policemen in criminal offense, which the PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo described as “alarming” and causing a “deep concern” for the police force.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said that starting this month, one whole police station from every police regional offices will have to undergo a retraining on values formation for at least 15 days.

“Back to station training will last to 15 days – this will include team building, GMRC and value formation… what the PNP wants is service with respect,” Cruz told reporters during a press briefing in Camp Crame.

The PNP spokesman said that the PNP will also review the recruitment process for policemen and would soon come out with much-stricter guidelines in the recruitment of new PNP police personnel.

“There will be profiling of new police recruits and it will focus more on the neuro-psychiatric exam of individuals seeking to join the police force – to check if they have propensity to commit abuses,” Cruz said.

Most of the policemen that were implicated in criminal incidents, ranging from murder, rape and kidnapping for the six-weeks are new or rookie policemen, causing “alarm and concern” for the PNP leadership.

“There’s a serious and breach and breakdown of discipline – and the PNP is deeply concerned with the number of policemen involve in criminal incidents,” Bacalzo said. Anthony Vargas

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