Quality cops-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
THERE is that most wonderful proposal from the Philippine National Police (PNP) sector to have “stiffer cop screening” during the recruitment process. The idea comes from the chief of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CCPO) who feels our cops “should have higher IQ (intelligence quotient)” and their “background should be checked.”
As a peace-loving citizen who wants to sleep every night with the assurance that his life is secure, I think the proposal is most sound.
At the moment, the general attitude that our people have towards our police is one of indecision. That is, most of our inhabitants are not sure whether they are for or against.
At best, their stand is kind of a neutral one. Most of them, when they meet a police officer in uniform, assume a friendly stance but a guarded one, unless the cop is an old friend or an earlier acquaintance.
On the whole, there is a sort of wall that delimits an expression of warmth and friendship.
But it is probably better to maintain and keep a respectable distance to avoid distraction or sort of intimacy that later on could become a bar to the implementation of the full force of the law. That would be just a step away from developing corrupt practices.
In a way, that has been the complaint of some of our people against some of our cops.
They are prone to extend undue consideration to some law violators because they are friends or acquaintances, and they have to extend favors.
What we truly need at the moment, according to a colleague from media, is a “good clean cop who we can really trust.” That is a motion that certainly needs to be seconded.
And for that matter, the CPPO chief’s brilliant move also needs to be seconded, just for the fact that almost every day tales about the good or bad exploits of our police always take prominent display the paper’s pages.
Of course, most of us would say, this happens because the police make the news and we, the public, need to know what is going on around us. And that is also true.
But that certainly is no excuse for having a bad egg among members of our police corps. Much more so for having employed some of them blindly, and later they become a social problem because instead of having them guard and maintain peace and order in our communities, they instead generate the problems we face.
The situation, however, is not a transitory condition but a matter of general concern for us who have to consider our police as an accepted component of the structure of governance of most nations of the globe, whether the country is democratic or totalitarian, as the case may be.
Some kind of a police component in the government has to be, so that peace and order could be maintained within the public organization, a sine qua non to social or community existence.
This is a necessary condition to survival in our contemporary modern civilization.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 01, 2013.