A TOTAL of 125 police officers—105 men and 20 women—from the Caraga (Region XIII) attended a leadership training as part of the government’s effort to professionalize members of the police force particularly at the regional and local levels.
The training was conducted by the Philippine Public Safety College’s (PPSC’s) Regional Training School based in Surigao City and headed by Police Supt. Ringo Sarsozo.
PPSC President Ruben Platon awarded to the 125 non-commissioned police officers their certificates for completing Public Safety Junior Leadership Course, a four-month and a half in-service schooling, in a simple ceremony held on Friday at Camp George Barbers, in Barangay Lipata, Surigao City.
In his speech, Platon challenged the graduates to make a difference in their career, to become highly motivated police officers, and role models in values and character to the other members of the force.
He also encouraged them to strive hard and make use of the knowledge and skills they have accumulated from their training in the performance of their respective duties and responsibilities
Platon said the trainees were from the different police units of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and the cities of Butuan and Surigao, and Dingat island.
He said the junior leadership course is offered to police officers holding the ranks from Police Officer 1 to Senior Police Officer 1 who are qualified to undergo the mandatory training necessary for qualification upgrading and promotion.
The training is aimed at enhancing the participants’ knowledge and competencies on police operation, administration and management, contemporary leadership, handling crisis situation, dealing on disaster preparedness and response, supervisory skills, and other police modules with emphasis on values, gender and development, criminal justice system including human rights.