SERVE the public, don’t serve yourself. This was the message of Police Regional Office 7 Director Noli Taliño to 388 recruits who took their oath as police officer 1 yesterday morning.

“I am your appointing officer. I will be the one to dismiss you if I found out later that you are not fit to serve the Philippine National Police (PNP) or if you have other motive, other than serving the public,” he said in his speech.

The top police official also presided yesterday the donning of new ranks to 22 commissioned officers and 387 non-commissioned officers.

The recruits will train in Regional Training School (RTS) for six months.

Supt. Nelvin Ricohermoso, RTS director, said they will guide the recruits on how to be morally upright, not just teach them policing skills.