The Negros Island Region is getting 850 new police officers this year.
The 850 new police officers for NIR form part of the 14,484 Police Officer 1 approved by the National Police Commission for recruitment this year, through its Resolution No. 2017-321 dated June 2, 2017.
Napolcomvice chairman Rogelio Casurao said the recruitment aims to increase police personnel strength, improve police-to-population ratio, and enhance police visibility.
Of the additional police officers, Casurao said the PNP will recruit 10,000 civilians for the regular recruitment quota, and 4,484 new police officers for the attrition recruitment quota.
“The regular recruitment quota will be distributed to all Police Regional Offices and to selected National Support Units to strengthen their respective Public Safety Forces and support their personnel build-up program,” Casurao said in a statement issued by Napolcom.
The Negros Island Region lacks 4,076 police personnel to meet the minimum police-to-population ratio of one policeman for every 500 population.
At present, the Police Regional Office 18 has manpower strength of 3,947, compared to the authorized strength of 8,023 police personnel, based on the population of Negros island.
The Regional Advisory Council for Police Transformationand Development of NIR recently passed a resolution seeking the increase of quota in the recruitment of neophyte police officers for PRO 18.
With the current strength of the region, most, if not all PNP personnel have multi-tasking functions, thus, sacrificing the most important part of police work, which is crime prevention, the RACPTD resolution said.
NIR is recruiting 700 new police officers, and 150 more in the attrition quota.
Casurao reminded the chiefs of PNP offices/units and members of the various screening committees, and the head and members of the secretariat, that they are required to ensure strict compliance with the recruitment procedures and guarantee the appointment of the best and most qualified police personnel, otherwise, they will be subjected to administrative sanctions.*GPB
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