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Friday, October 03, 2008

PNP to put up centers for moral, spiritual retraining of cops

Policemen all over the Philippines will soon get more than just technical training. If plans of the Philippine National Police (PNP) push through, they will have to go to regional centers for moral and spiritual development.

The move is part of a moral transformation program to further professionalize the PNP and win the hearts of citizens it's supposed to serve, according to Director General Jesus Versoza, who just got his four-star rank on Friday.

PNP regional commanders have been informed that such a reform program, particularly the setting up retraining centers, should be given high priority.

"They will be conducting in their regions spiritual development and moral development and propagation of the basic traits that the police must have," Versoza said in a weekly briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Versoza said it would be better to have cops retrained and reoriented on the moral conduct they should have, instead of just having them penalized severely.

Among the first cops who will go through retraining are the two officers from the Southern Police District who allowed a complainant to hit a suspect and who allowed suspects to be lined up in front of media photographers and cameramen, contrary to the policy of the new PNP chief.

The two cops have been ordered to stay at the National Capital Region Police Office headquarters in Taguig for retraining and reorientation.

"We will be pouring on the development of the basic virtues that each policeman may have," Versoza said. "We will be cultivating this within the PNP personnel. But we hope also that counterpart efforts must be done by other sectors of the society such that our cops are not swayed or influenced by those around them. I hope that there will be efforts also in the other sectors of the society to have a moral recovery program."

The program is somewhat of a revival of an old idea. At the time of PNP chief Edgardo Aglipay, the PNP also set up a training school in Subic where cops in Luzon were sent for reorientation so that they would not be TABA (tamad, abusado, bastos, ayaw padisiplina – that is, lazy, abusive, uncouth, and recalcitrant). - GMANews.TV

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