MANILA, Philippines - In the wake of abuses committed by a number of rogue policemen, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima is planning to outsource the process of hiring police officers to ensure a higher level of competence.
Purisima said he wants graduates of education, psychology, social work, mass communications and other professionals to become police officers.
He expressed belief that teachers, psychologists, social workers, journalists, and other professionals could serve the PNP better than criminology graduates.
“I don’t even want criminology graduates to become police officers because they are just fit to become workers at the crime laboratory,” he said.
Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, meanwhile, said that President Aquino is alarmed over the recent series of violent incidents in Metro Manila.
Roxas, who has been keeping the President updated on the peace and order situation, expressed suspicion that crimes could be increasing in the metropolis, particularly because it is the country’s richest region and business thrives here.
Purisima shared his comprehensive plans for the PNP during a meeting Tuesday night with editors and reporters of The STAR, the first media entity he visited since the President appointed him last Dec. 18.
He said the outsourcing system of hiring policemen could help reduce the reported corruption in the recruitment of police officers, purportedly committed by unscrupulous officials in charge of hiring PNP personnel.
He said the proposal was meant to address corruption and abuses being committed by police officers, the most recent of which include the alleged rape and extortion by two rookie policemen in Pasay City, and the questionable operation in Atimonan, Quezon last Jan. 6 which left 13 people dead.
The PNP chief said applicants who bribed their way into the police force would eventually become corrupt because they themselves were victims of corruption.
“We are trying to innovate. We are thinking of outsourcing. We will accept applicants, then we will endorse their application papers to the processor, a private human resource company, which will check everything, including their background and qualifications,” said Purisima.
After the screening process, he said the private firm would send the list of qualified individuals back to the PNP, which would again screen the applicants and decide who among them would be accepted.
He pointed out that since the final approval of the hiring of policemen lies with the PNP leadership, the process would mean that only qualified individuals are accepted in the PNP.– With Jaime Laude