PPSC Defends Quality Of Training

MANILA,Philippines --- The Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), both agencies under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), have long been disputing over authority to train police officers in the country.

One of the main issues that the PPSC is confronted with is the fact that there are many scalawags in the police force.

But PPSC president Ruben Platon said it is quite unfair for the school to be at the receiving end of criticism.

He added that the PNP should not pin the blame on the institute whenever cops perform any misdeeds.

''Hindi ang PPSC and kumuha ng mga pulis ng ating bansa kundi ang PNP,'' Platon said.

According to a report of the PNP-Reform Commission, the PNP claims that the current set-up, where the law (Republic Act 6975 or DILG Act of 1990) mandates the PPSC as the premier institution that caters to all training programs of all uniformed personnel of the country, is disadvantageous to the PNP, aside from being costly and ineffective.

In its study, the PNPRC said that the quality of training by the Police National Training Institute of the PPSC has deteriorated over the years, and that the PNP continues to receive criticisms for inefficiency and ineffectiveness of some of its uniformed personnel.

''The statement is too general that the PNPRC failed to mention in its report the learning objectives that were not taught by PPSC, and other specifics as to how many of the PNTI graduates cannot fire a weapon, write police reports, conduct investigations, and perform other relevant skills. It is elementary in any discourse that an allegation that is not supported by documented facts or data is considered hearsay,'' reasoned Platon.

Training alone, according to Platon, is not the main culprit why a number of cases for misconduct were filed against graduates of the PNTI.

It is possible, he added, that the PNP's working conditions in the field or its policies and systems influence the behavior of police officers.

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