Bartolome welcomes 185 PNPA graduates reporting for duty at PNP

March 26, 2012 11:53 am 

MANILA, March 25 – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome on Sunday said that the entire command warmly welcomes the 185 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) who are reporting for duty as the newest and youngest members of the command's officer corps.

"During their graduation rites (Saturday) these fine, young officers received the command guidance from no less than the Commander-in-Chief, President Benigno S. Aquino III, who urged them to exercise effective leadership in fighting corruption by upholding the ideals of his administration’s 'daang matuwid' advocacy of good governance," he said.

While acknowledging that corruption in the ranks had, in fact, once tainted the image of the PNP, Bartolome emphasized that the present day leadership is doing everything it can to gain the trust of the public and remove from its ranks the scalawags responsible for damaging the police institution.

"We acknowledge as well that the police service presents a wide variety of opportunities for graft and corruption to take place, and that much needs to be done to sustain our objective to block all opportunities for graft and diminish police tolerance to corruption," the PNP chief stressed.

Bartolome also said he expected the PNP's 185 newest members to lead their men thru the straight and narrow path of proper public service and shun all opportunities for corruption every step of the way.

"As Chief of the PNP, I urged the new police commissioned officers to help the PNP leadership re-shape the image of the police institution even as I assured them that speedy investigation is underway against a handful of deviants in the service who failed to toe the line," he added.

As of the first quarter of the year, Bartolome said the PNP-Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management had so far investigated 96 separate cases of extortion involving PNP personnel, 41 of these cases had been resolved.

Forty-nine other cases are currently undergoing summary dismissal proceedings. (PNA)

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