PHILIPPINE National Police Training Institute (PNPTI) director, Major General Ramon L. Rafael says that upon instruction from PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, they are addressing the problem of producing poor quality police officers and men with a real honest-to-goodness ‘back-to-basics’ training program.
He cited the Four Cardinal Rules of a Commander which he ordered posted in all PNPTI facilities across the country. They are: 1. Live a simple and healthy lifestyle; 2. Know your job and do it well; 3. Moderate your needs; and 4. Look after the morale and welfare of your men.
Rafael said he has also discouraged the conduct of off-campus trainings. “It is the intention of the Institute to ensure that Police Non-Commissioned Officer (PNCO) Career Courses are not merely for compliance. In complying with the guidance of the Chief, PNP Gen. Gamboa, we also no longer admit PNCOs who are under the Obese category in order to encourage adherence to the PNP BMI (Body Mass Index) Policy and the attainment of physical fitness expected from a police officer,” the member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 told the Journal Group.
Having long ordered a ‘No-Hazing Policy’ in all PNPTI-run facilities, Rafael has also required a 45-day Special Action Force-like training during the Internal Security Operations or ISO module of their students.
At present, Rafael they are strictly implementing the following program thrusts to further improve the quality of Police Training and Education.
1st is the development of discipline among trainees by strictly implementing the PNPTI Training Guide and its disciplinary mechanisms.
2nd is the development of a ‘culture of frugality and prudence’ among trainees in order to produce financially literate police officers who would be more resistant to different temptations and corruption once they are out there in the field.
3rd is the enforcement of the BMI Policy among PNPTI Organic Personnel, regardless of ranks and all their trainees/students. (Note that Republic Act 8551 or the PNP Reform and Reorganization Act states that “no person shall be appointed as officer or member of the PNP unless he or she possess the following qualifications: must weigh not more or less than five kilograms from the standard weight corresponding to his or her height, age and sex; and provided that PNP members who are already in the service upon the effectivity of RA 8551 shall be given at least two more years to obtain the minimum education qualification and one year to satisfy their weight requirement).
4th is by ensuring that only trained Patrolmen will be utilized in the field and office functions of law enforcement by enforcing the provision of the National Police Commission Memorandum Circular 2007-009 mandating the granting of leave of absence without pay to those who will not be able to finish the Public Safety Field Training Program within the prescribed period;
5th, having an efficient resource management by avoiding the ‘issue-matic’ tradition among training centers and;
6th, strictly implementing a ‘no visible tattoo’ policy on students/recruits and PNPTI organic personnel.
Now prominently displayed on the door of offices of all PNPTI Training Directors are the PNPTI Cardinal Rules of a Leader/Commander to gently remind them of doing not only the right things but also, doing what is right.
Rafael also ordered the display at the entrance of all PNPTI Training Center of tarpaulins showing the picture of the Training Director and the PNPTI’s Culture of Frugality or Pagtitipid and Prudence or Pag-iingat.
He also ordered the posting of his cellphone number and other PNPTI officials to act as a feedback mechanism where all students, personnel, visitors, guests and other observers can forward their concerns, suggestions and complaints.
The PNPTI prides itself as a PNP training institution where “all personnel and officers salute with pride, value discipline, understand that one’s landscape is the reflection of his mindscape, believe that cleanliness is next to Godliness, and most importantly, believe that honesty is still the best policy.
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