Eleazar reminds new metro cops: Be faithful to your oath

Published November 27, 2018, 6:10 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Aaron Recuenco

Director Guillermo Eleazar, head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), urged on Tuesday the new policemen in Metro Manila not to engage in any illegal activities amid involvement of rookie cops to various wrongdoings.

Newly assigned National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar (FEDERICO CRUZ / MANILA BULLETIN)
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar

A total of 449 newly appointed policemen, 135 of them are women, took their oath yesterday at the NCRPO headquarters. They will be assigned in various police units in Metro Manila.

“Police work is a noble profession. This requires sacrifice, dedication, determination and most of all discipline. As you took your oath, you have submitted yourselves as public servant,” said Eleazar.

“Along this, bear in mind that we do not compromise the standards of our training. Expect an extensive education and rigid training. Therefore, cease this metamorphosing verge to develop your intellect and character towards the realization of professionalism and good governance,” he added.

Eleazar said he is confident that the 449 new policemen would not be involved in illegal activities, citing the intense screening made following the complaints of involvement of rookie cops in various criminal activities in the past.

Although on a temporary status, these newly appointed PO1s are now part of the PNP particularly of the NCRPO and will start to get the same benefits as regular Police Officer 1.

Their temporary status will only be lifted to permanent status after they will pass the one year rigid disciplinary training – NCRPO orientation program, training in their militaristic and field training on patrol, investigation and traffic.

As rookie cops, they would be receiving almost P30,000 monthly basic pay.

More than 500 policemen, a large number of them are rookie cops, were dismissed from the service since January 2016 due to involvement in various illegal activities.

Recently, the police force was again dragged into controversy for the involvement of some rookie cops on the allegations of sex-for-freedom on the female suspects or female relatives of the suspects they would arrest.