LEGAZPI CITY, March 16 (PNA) -- A send off ceremony led by a ranking official of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) was held Thursday afternoon for the 345 new police officers, who will be deployed to major provincial and city police offices in the Bicol region to increase the strength of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the region to 8,214.
Senior Supt. Lito Pitallano, assistant regional director for administration of PRO5, officiated the send-off at the parade grounds of Camp Gen. Simeon Ola, headquarters of PRO5 in this city, for the new policemen with a rank of Police Officer 1 or PO1, 120 of them female and 225 male.
“They were automatically deployed to the six Provincial Police Offices (PPO), one City Police Office and 5th Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB),” he said.
The 345 new PO1s are in addition to the 7,869 strength of the PNP at PRO5.
Pitallano said 11 were assigned to the 5th RPSB, 7--Albay PPO, 56--Camarines Norte PPO, 24-- Camarines Sur PPO, 45--Catanduanes PPO, 50--Sorsogon PPO, 142--Masbate PPO and 10-- Naga City Police Office.
Sr. Insp. Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of PRO5, said the Masbate PPO has the most number of new police officers compared to the other provincial offices.
She said Masbate PPO has more requirements to fulfill, especially with regards to strengthening their police force, compared to the other PPOs.
Pitallano said the new police officers underwent 12 months and 45 days of academic and field training on various aspects of police work. He said the academic phase consisted of six months of studies on “Public Safety Basic Recruit” at the Regional Training School inside Camp Ola.
“They also underwent six months of field training on patrol and traffic investigation,” he added.
Pitallano said aside from these the new PO1 underwent a 45-day mandatory training on the so-called “modified police scout on counter-insurgency.” (PNA)