SOME 486 Police Regional Office 4-B recruits started their 6-month training this week, PRO4-B director Brigadier General Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. told the Journal Group yesterday.
Apolinario said the 486, composed of 394 males and 92 females, were among the 996 PRO4-B recruits who qualified under the standard Philippine National Police recruitment program and passed the medical, body mass index, dental, physical agility and neuro-psychological examinations and the final deliberation by a panel composed of PRO4-B officers and civilians known for their integrity.
The 486 took their oath of office before Apolinario during simple ceremonies at the PRO4-B grandstand in Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro witnessed by their families, friends and relatives.
According to Apolinario, 996 PRO4-B applicants reported for assessment at the PRO4-B headquarters but the number was reduced after 510 failed the series of tests including 45 who flunked the medical examination, 72 who did not possess the ideal BMI, 97 who failed the physical examination and 201 who flunked the neuro-psychological test.
“These essential tests determined the potential PNP candidates’ physiological and psychological qualities needed to further them into most of the grueling phases of police training,” the official said..
The 486 members of the PNP “Bagsay Tagapagtanggol” Class 2019-01 were presented to Apolinario by PRO4-B Regional Personnel and Records Management Division chief, Colonel Wilson Santos.
In his speech, Apolinario urged the families and loved ones of the recruits to support and never let the applicants’ quit’ the police service knowing that they worked so hard to achieve their dream of becoming policemen.
The 486 have been turned over to the Regional Special Training Unit headed by Lieutenant Col. Roberto Odiver Jr. The recruits will have to undergo a 6-month Public Safety Basic Recruit Course at the Regional Training Center based in Bansud, Oriental Mindoro.