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The Philippine National Police (PNP) vows to be more strict in recruiting officers after the agency admitted that more rookie cops are prone to committing offenses.
The PNP seeks to reform the recruitment process and strengthen requirements such as neuro-psychiatric tests and background checks to remove "bad eggs" among its ranks, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., citing PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome.
"Saan sila nanggaling bago mag-pulis? Baka naman naging bully sila,"Cerbo told reporters.
From 1999 to 2011, a total of 990 policemen were dismissed from the service, records from the PNP's Internal Affairs Service showed.
Majority of those dismissed committed grave misconduct (77.8 percent) consisting of criminal acts such as robbery, extortion, and kidnapping, among others.
From January to May of 2012 alone, 86 policemen were already dismissed from the service due to various offenses, PNP data showed. Majority of them were considered "rookies," or those with the ranks of Police Officers 1 to PO3.
Cerbo acknowledged that this number shows that much needs to be improved in the PNP's recruitment process. Part of the PNP's plan isto strengthen moral values training and to make police commanders more accountable to their men.
"Ang mga commanders minsan hindi na nababantayan sa lower level ngleadership. Dapat ang platoon leaders at precinct commanders dapatmakialam sa pagpapalaki ng tao. Leadership by example," Cerbo said. (Sometimes commanders are unable to keep close tabs on the lower level of leadership. Platoon leaders and precinct commanders should be involved in training officers.)