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Pimentel wants PNP to train with foreign experts

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Tuesday stressed the need for the Philippine National Police personnel to get more training from foreign experts to further improve its competence and crime-solving skill.

Pimentel has bee vocal about the PNP’s inability to solve crimes and the involvement of some policemen in perpetrating crimes.

He called on the PNP leadership to seek assistance from “friendly” countries with highly-regarded police forces, among them the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and other members of the European Union.

“The country continues to suffer from ‘deaths under investigation’ without seeing suspects arrested, charged, and sentenced in court. If the PNP cannot improve itself, it should consider outside assistance,”  Pimentel said.

Pimentel has been pushing for the passage of Joint Resolution No. 1, series of 2018, which increased the base pay of military, police, and uniformed personnel.

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He also sponsored the NBI Modernization Law last year and proposed a VFA-style agreement to help train the PNP.

Pimentel stressed that Filipinos should get their money’s worth in the form of improved service from the police.

“We made sure the PNP budget is sufficient. We want to see the PNP deliver on its end of the bargain. Make us feel safe. Catch criminals. Solve crime,” he said.

“Maybe we can bring in experts from truly professional police forces such as the Scotland Yard or the FBI to teach our policemen the basics of police work, respect for human rights, and how to obey the law,” he added. #