PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. on Friday inducted into office 157 new officers of the force, 69 of them lawyers and another eight doctors.
During simple ceremonies at Camp Crame, the top cop also administered the oath of office to 95 Newly-Appointed Police Commissioned Officers or NAPCOs who joined the PNP Officers Corps under the PNP Lateral Entry Program for Calendar Year 2022.
According to the PNP chief, the 69 lawyers, eight medical doctors and one pastor who were newly-commissioned as Police Captains will receive a basic monthly salary of P56,582.
The other newly-appointed PNP officers include one dentist, 29 nurses, two nutritionists/dieticians, one optometrist, 34 IT officers, three engineers, six chemists and three registered criminologists who were sworn in as new Police Lieutenants with a basic monthly salary of P49,528.
The new officers will also receive allowances and other cash and non-cash benefits.
Gen. Azurin that that the newly-appointed NAPCOs have been formally turned over to the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine to undergo a mandatory Officers’ Basic Course and Field Training Program before reporting to their respective unit assignments.
“With the ever-growing demand and complexities of public safety and law enforcement services, the PNP welcomes every opportunity to recruit professionals into the service from various fields such as dentists, optometrists, engineers, and graduates of forensic sciences, licensed criminologists, doctors of medicine, and members of the bar, among others,” the PNP chief said.
Gen. Azurin described these technical professionals as crucial in strengthening the police organization’s human resource and technical capabilities in serving the people and addressing various challenges in their campaign against criminality, illegal drugs, violent extremism, lawlessness, terrorism, natural and man-made disasters, and the dealy COVID-19 virus among others.
“As you take your oath today, may you always uphold the interest of the public over and above your personal interest,” he said.
“Let this significant breakthrough in your respective police careers motivate you to deliver competent and quality services for the benefit of our main clientele the Filipino people and to be the epitomes not only of the PNP’s core values: service, honor, and justice but also to be an embodiment of accountability and integrity because as public officers, we owe it to them and to our beloved country,” the PNP chief added.
The Lateral Entry Program for technical service officers is among the regular sources of Police Commissioned Officers in the PNP aside from the cadetship program in the PNP Academy, said PNP Public Information Office chief, Colonel Redrico A. Maranan.