In 2019, the law transferring the responsibility for providing basic and mandatory training for police non-commissioned officers from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the PNP was passed with full implementation starting this year. The HSF will continue to work with both the PPSC and the PNP, building upon the previous police training activities since 2015.
After a call on the Director of the Philippine National Police’ (PNP) National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the HSF team presented the training philosophy of the Bavarian Police to officials responsible for providing basic, mandatory and special training primarily for non-commissioned officers.
The activity was timely as most of the participants were newly-assigned to their positions, and saw how some of the training methods of the Bavarian police may be applied locally. Among these are incorporation of key elements which result to equal emphasis on the police officers’ knowing the legal basis for their actions; combining mental and physical skills in responding to and resolving police situations; and using social and communication skills to de-escalate and manage conflict situations.
How these elements support the PNP’s rights-based, and community-oriented policing strategies was discussed. Another subject in the presentation well-received by the participants and senior officials in attendance was the approach to having the training materials standardized in content and in form as this will benefit the succeeding sets of police instructors and trainees. HSF plans to build upon previous police instructor and training curriculum development programs started in 2015 when basic, and mandatory training courses were administered by the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and carry these onward with the training responsibilities for non-commissioned officers having been transferred to the Philippine National Police (PNP). Training for police commissioned officers still rests with the PPSC and HSF will continue its collaboration with these two institutions in partnership with the Bavarian Police.
The Philippines’ National Capital Region is made up of 16 cities and one municipality collectively known as Metro Manila with some 13,000,000 residents living in an area slightly over 600 square kilometers. Over 25,000 police officers are assigned to the PNP NCRPO.