By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) today welcomed 18 professionals who are expected to give reinforcement to the national police force after taking their oath as new police commissioned officers.
Police Director Rene Aspera, of the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) led the oathtaking and donning of ranks of 15 lawyers, two priests and a pastor who were the successful candidates for the PNP’s CY 2017 Lateral Entry Program for Technical Officers.
Aspera said the 18 new officers will fill up vacancies in the technical service positions for legal officer, priest and pastor of the PNP’s Chaplain Service and Legal Service.
He reminded the new police commissioned officers to serve the public first because the guns given to them “represent the authority to enforce the law” and shall not be used for their own advantage or privilege.
The new officers were sworn in with the rank of Senior Inspector.
With the approved salary increase of the PNP officers starting in January 2018, those with ranks of Senior Inspector will have a salary of P49,801 or a 41-percent increase from the previous monthly base pay of P35,312.
Aspera said he is expecting the new police commissioned officers will perform to the best of their duties with the higher salary that they will get.
He added that they will undergo the mandatory Officers’ Basic Course and Field Training Program before reporting to their respective assignments.