PNP launches new, ‘more personal’ internal cleansing program

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FILE PHOTO: Deployable personnel for for the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) as part of the PNP’s preparation for Typhoon Ompong | PNP-PIO photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police(PNP) on Tuesday launched a new and ‘more personal’ internal cleansing program for its officers with derogatory records.

PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde said the new, military-like program will employ a squad concept wherein a squad leader will train and guide their members.

The PNP chief added that the internal cleansing program will use a restorative approach which aims to focus on values formation to help change the attitude of policemen.

“You have a squad leader that will teach you and guide you. Parang sa military ito. May pinakamaliit na unit, squad; the squad concept,” Albayalde told reporters in a briefing at Camp Crame.

“This is more personal, more intimate,” he added.

Under the squad concept, each group will be composed of six to eight members with one trainer. Cops designated in each group, as well as their families, will undergo various training and seminars under the internal cleansing program.

A committee would also be formed to ensure the program’s proper implementation.

Police data showed that from July 2016 until June 20, 2019, a total of 2,400 policemen with various administrative cases were dismissed from service while 422 were removed due to drug-related charges.

Albayalde said cops whose videos have recently become viral on social media for hitting a child, and for engaging in illegal gambling and extortion activities will also undergo the new internal cleansing program.

The PNP chief said the program will be piloted in Metro Manila, and will also be implemented in other regions once it becomes a success. (with details from April Cenedoza)

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