THE Philippine National Police leadership headed by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa is stepping up its preventive approach on its Enhanced Revitalized Internal Cleansing Program by seeing to it that police will be restrained from involvement in illegal activities by fully inculcating in them the values of love of God, country, people and family, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
As part of the prevention program, Gen. Gamboa has ordered the implementation of activities and projects that could deter members of the 205,000-strong police force from being involved in “kotong”, drugs and other irregularities.
They include the organization of squads composed of 5-8 members with the most senior non-commissioned police officer acting as the Squad Leader and the observance of a regular weekly Squad meeting known as ‘Squad Leader’s Time’ to discuss the lessons for the week which may include life enhancement modules related to career development, personal financial management, healthy lifestyle and retirement planning.
Gen. Gamboa called for the need to impress upon the Squad Leader and all Squad members a sense of responsibility for each other and a sense of belonging to the Squad in order to strengthen their walk of faith and provide accountability for their personal and professional actions.
At the same time, he ordered the assignment to all Squads of trained Values/Life Coaches from different volunteer groups and multi-faith organizations.
“These Values/Life Coaches shall regularly meet their Squad on a weekly basis to facilitate the discussion of lessons on how to become God-centered, service-oriented and family-based publics servants,” the PNP chief said.
At the same time, he declared that it should be the duty of the Squad Leaders to recommend any member of his squad for reformation if necessary.
Gen. Gamboa has ordered the cascading of their reformation effort on students of different PNP training institutions nationwide hoping that officers and men would really be prepared to avoid the temptation of being lured on easy money once they are already out there in the field.
PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Lieutenant Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar is seeing to it that the programs would be heard across the country during his out-of-town sorties.
“You no longer have reasons to go astray. Our beloved President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has already given and continuously giving the support that we need— from mission-essential equipment and training to doubling our salary,” Eleazar said. He called on the recruits to reflect on the true meaning of the three words written there. Service, Honor, Justice.