Just like any other profession, training is important because it is the foundation of knowledge. Sometimes, however, experience is the breaker of this but having appropriate training can be an important factor of success. In being part of the police force, you would also have to undergo training.
Police force training, as known by few people, is done in the National Police Training Institute (NPTI). However, in the newly signed law by our dear President Duterte, the responsibility of training police force recruits goes to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
What law did President Duterte sign?
Republic Act (R.A.) 11279 or more commonly known as the law transferring the responsibility to train police recruits from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP); it was signed last 12th of April year 2019. A copy of the law in writing was released to the media, Thursday, the 23rd of May, 2019.
Basically, this means that the Philippine National Police has both operational and administrative control and supervision over the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).
This specific measure is a combination of the Senate Bill 1898 or the Philippine Public Safety College and the House Bill 8628. These were submitted by both the upper and the lower houses last 23rd of January year 2019.
Who authored this bill?
The representative who authored the bill in Senate, who is Senator Panfilo Lacson, mentioned that this transfer of both accountability and responsibility for police personnel will be of aid in the forces of our policemen’s internal cleansing and deliberation.
If you’re not aware, the Philippine National Police Academy or the PNPA is the country’s public safety academy of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and last but definitely not the least, the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In addition to that, the PNPA is also quoted to be the
premier institution for police education and the primary source for commissionship of police lieutenants.”
This means that the PNPA will now be supervised an directly administrated by the chief of the PNP. Everything that will be happening in the PNPA, will be administered and supervised not by the NPTI anymore but the head and the officials of the PNP.
What happens to the NPTI?
Ever since, the NPTI had major roles in the nurturing and the training of the Philippines’ policemen. The history of the NPTI can be traced way back since 1905 when the Americans established the Constabulary of the Philippines having the purpose of maintaining peace and order and in imposing the appropriate law.
Although the PNP will now take the responsibility of training police recruits from the PPSC, the NPTI will still go on in training officers who are non-commissioned or military or police personnel who do not receive commissions or orders.
Senator Lacson said they’ve seen how non-commissioned officers have been involved in crimes so they are revisiting the avenue of modifying the law. In turn, they will be able to re-evaluate the efficiency and the effectivity of each officer who are on duty.
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.”
What do you think about the new law that provisions to move the training of police officers under the Philippine National Police’s care?
Would this be an effective way of demolishing the crimes committed by officers who are non-commissioned? Or is this another waste?
Hopefully, the new law will be able to change the ways of how society is going to be handled. As of the moment, there are a lot of discrepancies in terms of selecting people to defend the society. With the new law, the government hopes to see a change in that to be able to ensure a better and a safer environment.