A TOTAL OF 9,451 Philippine National Police recruits have started their rigid training in order to transform them into ideal police officers who will beef up the police’s anti-crime campaign, PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said yesterday.
Gamboa said the young male and female graduates have taken up the challenge to serve the country and people as rookie patrol officers of the PNP under the 2019 regular PNP recruitment program which allows the force to recruit 10,000 rookie cops every year.
“Because the Filipino people deserve only the highest quality of law enforcement and public safety services that the PNP can offer, we make sure that only the best and most qualified applicants are recruited into the police force who will someday lead the organization,” said Gamboa.
According to Gamboa, from a pool of 38,357 applicants for Patrolman processed by the Police Regional Offices and National Support Units this year, a total of 9,451 remained after the rigorous selection process that evaluated the overall fitness of every candidate according to the minimum standards set by the PNP.
The successful recruits this year are composed of 7,546 male and 1,905 female candidates who had been sworn into the police service to the initial rank of Patrolman with a basic monthly salary of P29,668.00 and other allowances.
They are required to undergo the mandatory 6-month Public Safety Basic Recruit Course in the National Police Training Institute and another six-months of Field Training Program before they will be sent back to their mother units on full-duty status.
The PNP, according to Gamboa, is authorized by the National Police Commission to recruit 10,000 new police personnel this year. The un-filled quota of 549 recruits in the Police Regional Offices was allocated to the National Capital Region Police Office for processing to have a 1000 percent fill-up of the annual recruitment quota.
“We continue to preserve the culture of professionalism in the recruitment and selection process by imposing added safeguards to ensure transparency and integrity of administrative procedures in the entire screening and evaluation process for recruits,” Gamboa said.