MANILA - Eighteen professionals took their oaths on Friday as new police commissioned officers of the Philippine National Police.
Police Director Rene Aspera, head of the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM), administered the oath of office and donning of ranks of the new police commissioned officers.
"We do not stand above the people. We are public servants first and foremost," Aspera said as he read PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa's message to the newly-inducted officers.
"Your police badge and the service firearm issued to you represent the authority given to you to enforce the law. These do not give you any special privilege," he added.
Fifteen lawyers, two priests and a pastor were commissioned into the PNP under the 2017 lateral entry program to fill up the requirements for more technical service officers in the police force.
They were appointed to the initial rank of Police Senior Inspector.
"I trust that your individual talents and technical qualifications will amplify into a huge plus factor in the attainment of our mission," Aspera told the officers.
He continued: "I must emphasize that we should strengthen discipline, teamwork and unity among our ranks."
The new police commissioned officers will be assigned to police regional offices and national operational support units at Camp Crame.