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To make sure new recruits of the Philippine National Police do not engage in illegal activities, it is time for the PNP to take charge for their training.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson stressed this as he prepares to sponsor on the Senate floor this coming week a bill to the effect.

Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, said this should greatly help in the police force’s internal cleansing efforts.

“In past months, 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,” he said.

Just this week, President Rodrigo Duterte confronted in Malacanang several erring police personnel involved in various crimes including kidnapping, rape, extortion, and involvement in illegal drugs.

To be sponsored by Lacson is Senate Bill 1898, which amends Sections 66 and 67 of Republic Act 6975 that mandates the Philippine Public Safety College to train police personnel.

Senate Bill 1898 seeks to place the Philippine National Police Academy and the National Police Training Institute under the PNP’s administrative and operational supervision and control.

PNPA trains commissioned officers while the NPTI trains non-commissioned officers.

Under the bill, the PNPA, which will be the primary source for commissionship of Police Inspectors, will be under the supervision and control of the Chief PNP.

Meanwhile, the NPTI will be responsible for the mandatory and leadership training of police non-commissioned officers.

“To pinpoint responsibility and accountability in the recruitment and training of police officers, the responsibility of training new recruits should go to the PNP,” Lacson said.

Lacson noted hearings by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs which he chairs 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.

Earlier this year, he noted police officers with the ranks of PO1 and PO2 had been linked to a kidnap-for-ransom case in Taguig City.

On the other hand, graduates of the PNPA had been linked to a robbery-extortion case in 2014.

“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, Lacson said.