Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, a former PNP cheif from 1999 to 2001, is pushing for the transfer of full responsibility of police recruit training to Philippine National Police (PNP) to make sure new recruits will learn to uphold the law instead of violating it.
“In past months, we have seen how police officers, many of them non-commissioned ones with the ranks of PO1 and PO2, had been involved in heinous crimes. It’s about time we revisit the law to make the PNP the premier educational and training institution for our policemen and policewomen,” Lacson said.
Senator Lacson is sponsoring this coming week Senate Bill 1898, which seeks to amend Sections 66 and 67 of Republic Act 6975 or the law mandating Philippine Public Safety College to train police personnel.
Senate Bill 1898 seeks to place the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) – which trains commissioned officers – and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) – which trains non-commissioned officers – under the PNP’s administrative and operational supervision and control.
The bill specifies the PNPA, which will be the primary source for commissionship of Police Inspectors, will be under the supervision and control of the Chief PNP.
The NPTI will be responsible for the mandatory and leadership training of police noncommissioned officers.
“To pinpoint responsibility and accountability in the recruitment and training of police officers, the responsibility of training new recruits should go to the PNP,” Lacson said.