Manila Bulletin

Albayalde vows to discipline police force


irector Oscar Albayalde, the incoming chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday vowed to implement strict disciplina­ry measures in a determined bid to weed out scalawag police offiers from the service.

“We will focus on disciplini­ng our force. Discipline is really important and there are a lot of ways to do that, including the training programs for them,” said Albayalde.

Alabayalde, currently chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, said he would discuss with Interior Secretary Eduardo Año the expansion of various training programs that would seek to improve the discipline and profession­alism of the 185,000-strong national police force.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has supervisio­n over the PNP, as well as the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection.

“I already talked with him and he is very supportive with my suggestion­s to expand the training because this is a form of disciplini­ng our police,” said Ano.

“This is part of our internal discipline and of our course internal cleansing is very important. We will go on extensivel­y on our internal discipline and internal cleansing program,” he added.

No less than President Duterte praised Albayalde for being a disciplina­rian for carrying out surprise inspection­s of police stations where a number of police officers were literally caught napping or engaged in non-official activities.

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