450 newly-appointed cops to embark on rigid training in Region 1

SAN FERNANDO, La Union — At least 450 newly appointed police recruits bid farewell to their family and loved ones as they will embark on a rigid training at the Police Regional Office here.

Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez, regional director of the PNP Region 1 recently administered their oath of office and congratulated them for passing the rigid screening process.

Velasquez stressed the importance of their transformation from purely civilians to police officers as well as reminding them to train hard in order to be physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for the hardships of police works, and to become professional and competent public servants who possess high standard of morality and discipline.

“The basic training that you will undergo shall be a major part of your desired change. It is not an ordinary training and very far from those you took when you were just little boy scouts and girl scouts. It may seem difficult for starters like you, but if you have that willingness and resolve to change for the better, I am quite sure you will find the journey of transformation smooth and fulfilling,” he said.

The regional director also emphasized to the young recruits the PNP motto of Service, Honor and Justice and encouraged them to display the highest regard of public service.

“Kayo ay hinirang sa inyong katungkulan upang magsilbi sa taong bayan, and you are not hired to be served by the people. Bilang mga bagong lingkod ng bayan, ipakita ninyo na kayo ay karapat-dapat sa tiwalang naipagkaloob sa inyo because we cannot afford to compromise the safety of our people who are the very reason for our existence,” he added.

The 450 new police recruits composed of 90 females and 360 males were sent to the Regional Training Center 1 (TRC1) in Aringay, La Union for 12 months Field Training Program.

A Police Officer 1, the lowest rank in the PNP organization will be receiving a monthly basic pay of Php 14, 834.00 exclusive of allowances while undergoing training. PNA/ northboundasia.com