Nationwide reshuffling up at PNP organization

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Nationwide reshuffling up at PNP organization

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Police personnel in Bohol have been preparing for the looming nationwide revamp since announced by President Rodrigo Duterte even prior to his official take over at the Malacañang.

Surprise random drug tests could serve as reference in shortlisting in the positioning process as the drug menace is considered the top concern of PNP functions under the present administration.

A rigid review of performance will also form the determining factor in the PNP personnel’s qualification for their new assignments.

Officers reportedly involved in the illegal drugs trade would be subjected to a fast administrative proceedings and when proven guilty would no longer be included in the positioning process as they would be dismissed from service outright.

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The mulled revamp will be “massive” instead of the usual reshuffling routine only based on the rule governing the number of years in an assignment.

Duterte also described it as “massive” in a sense that the revamp will overhaul the entire PNP hierarchy from top to bottom, including rank-and-file personnel.

The move is consistent to the President’s commitment to totally rid the organization of personnel involved in illegal activities.

While the campaign against illegal drugs is a specific mission, a cure to “sloppy performance” is for the general coverage of the paradigm shift.

A parallel revamp will also be implemented on the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), particularly the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinglupa, and Iwahig Penal Colony; and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

A possible scenario could be urban cops reassigned to a rebels’ lair in far-flung areas of Mindanao, while rural cops will have a taste of urban law enforcement.

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The random drug tests of all police officers started on July 1 as part of the requisites for the shortlisting.

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Duterte tends to give more weight on potentials for pro-active measures, if possible, the capacity to intercept crimes at inception stage.

In his earlier public statements, Duterte said that if the “massive” revamp would still prove futile in the reformation of the PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will temporarily take over in law enforcement duties- -particularly the illegal drugs, and jail management.

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