Dela Rosa wants police training back to PNP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2019 01:00 PM

Senatorial candidate Ronald Dela Rosa speaks during the campaign sortie of pro-administration coalition Hugpong ng Pagababago in Ilocos Sur on February 18, 2019 for the upcoming midterm elections. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senatorial race front runner Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa on Saturday said he would file a bill that would allow the Philippine National Police (PNP) to have control over police training. 

Police education should also be returned to PNP supervision to bridge the "disconnect" between training and actual practice, Dela Rosa said in an interview on DZMM radio.

Under the current system, police training is under the PNP Academy, an institution governed by the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).

Graduates of criminology can also apply to become part of the police force. 

"So paano mae-enforce, paano maisasaksak ng PNP ang kaniyang gusto niya palabasin out of the training?" said the former PNP chief. 

(How could the PNP enforce, include in the training the lessons the force needs?)

"Kung mabalik sa PNP 'yang training function na 'yan, ay talagang bubuhusan ng PNP 'yan ng resources para naman ang magiging produkto ay kanais-nais talaga. Hindi 'yung kaka-graduate pa lang, PO1 pa lang ay sangkot na agad sa katiwalian," he said.

(If the training function would be returned to the PNP, it would pour resources to produce desirable officers instead of having fresh graduates, those ranked PO1, already involved in graft.)

The PNP is the lone police force in the world that does not train its own personnel, he noted.

Last year, several officials, including current PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, called for the return of police training to the PNP following controversies involving cadets at the PNPA. 

A bill amending PNP training provisions of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 was filed last year and "passed by both houses" of Congress as of January this year, according to the Senate website. 

The amendment sought to return police training to the PNP.