34,876 police, fire, jail personnel trained in 2013

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A total of 34,876 police, fire and jail personnel attended various training courses last year conducted by the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) thereby enhancing their knowledge, values, and skills in law enforcement and public safety, PPSC President lawyer Ruben Platon said on Tuesday.

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As an attached agency of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the PPSC is mandated by Republic Act 6975 as the premier educational training institution for the training, human resource development and continuing education for all personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

In a year-end report submitted to the DILG, Platon noted that out of the 34,876 personnel who availed of the training, 19,446 have finished their courses and 15,430are nearing the culmination of their training.

“The figure is a product of the 714 classes the college has conducted pursuant to its DBM [Department of Budget and Management]-approved master education and training program for 2013 of which 384 have been completed, while 330 are ongoing,” Platon said.

The courses were conducted through PPSC’s constitutive units and training centers, namely, the National Police College, Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), National Forensic Science Training Institute, National Police Training Institute, National Fire Training Institute, National Jail & Penology Training Institute, as well as the 16 Regional Training Centers nationwide.

“They were trained on various levels of public safety courses from recruit training to leadership and supervisory including officer candidate training for non-commissioned officers and from basic and advance to senior executive courses for commissioned officers. Forensic training in the field of crime detection, narcotics and traffic investigation, including fire investigation and inspection had been offered and availed of not only by our police, fire and jail personnel but also our drug law enforcement agents,” Platon said.

He pointed out that PPSC’s training courses and program of instructions are composed of instructional modules on wide array of public safety and police subjects such as community policing, anti-terrorism, disaster prevention and mitigation, anti-corruption and value formation. These modules are composed of subjects supplemented by human rights, moral recovery program and gender sensitive related subjects.

Platon explained that skill enhancement training programs and specialized courses such as intelligence, investigation, patrol, commando training, hostage negotiation, incident and crisis management, and other special police operations designed to further equip and prepare the police in the fulfillment of their law enforcement, crime fighting and safekeeping functions are handled by the PNP.

“My directives to all our training units is to concentrate more on academics and value formation as the focus of our resources is more on the most essential, the most vital- the mandatory training courses which are the cistern of public safety knowledge, values and basic skill” he said.

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