Duterte transfers police training control to PNP

Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law transferring jurisdiction on the training of police recruits to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) 11279 on April 12 but a copy of the law was released to the media only yesterday.

The new law would transfer control of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the PNP.

RA 11279 -- based on Senator Panfilo Lacson’s Senate Bill 1898 -- gives the PNP full responsibility and accountability for the training of its new recruits.

With this, the PNP now has an added tool to build a physically and morally competent force while beefing up its internal cleansing efforts, said Lacson.

“With the transfer to the PNP of the training of police recruits, we can strengthen the foundation of a competent police force not just physically but also morally,” said Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001.

Lacson pointed out the new law will help the PNP leadership in its internal cleansing efforts.

Lacson noted that in past months, several police officers, many of them non-commissioned ones, were involved in heinous crimes.

Hearings conducted by the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs chaired by Lacson found that police officers involved in crimes such as bribery, extortion, kidnapping, illegal drugs, and even planting of evidence, involved relatively new members of the PNP.

Lacson also recalled non-commissioned police officers had been linked to a kidnap-for-ransom case in Taguig City, while PNPA graduates had been linked to a robbery-extortion case in 2014.

Under the new law, the PNPA -- which trains commissioned officers -- and the National Police Training Institute -- which trains non-commissioned officers -- will be placed under the PNP’s administrative and operational supervision and control.

With Efren Montano