Stiffer cop screening sought-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
TO PREVENT more policemen from getting involved in illegal activities and for them to do their duty well, the recruitment policy must be improved, a police official suggested.
Supt. Noel Gillamac, Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director, in a recent media gathering, said the police force should be particular with the applicant’s IQ and character.
He said a background investigation should be done during the recruitment stage.
Gillamac said the IQ level requirement for applicants is only average, but hiring applicants with higher levels might be an advantage to the police force.
“Having a high IQ is very important since the job of the police entails decision-making,” said Gillamac.
He said a policeman with higher IQ can respond better during difficult situations.
He said some police applicants failed during the IQ test, but were given chances by retaking the exam.
Also, Gillamac emphasized, the character background investigation for every applicant should be improved by carefully checking the previous engagements and involvements of the applicant.
Gillamac said that if the applicant was previously involved in any illegal activities, he/she should not be accepted.
“Those who will conduct the character background should not be biased and should not know the applicant,” added Gillamac.
He lamented that before, because of the lack of budget for conducting the background investigation, the town or city police where the applicant came from were tasked to conduct the background check.
“Dili sad na maayo kay if ang mag-background sa applicant ka taga ilaha ra, of course naa gyud nay bias,” explained Gillamac.
He said that now, the Regional Intelligence Division of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 conducts the applicants’ background for them to assess the applicant’s character.
Gillamac, who was previously assigned in the PRO 7, said that this year, from over 1,000 police applicants, there were only about 200 who were accepted because they are now slowly implementing a strict recruitment policy.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.