THE new regional director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Cordillera recently revealed his priority programs this 2014, saying that he will embed respect in the police force above other priorities.

Police Chief Superintendent Isagani Nerez said he will train policemen in the region to be respectful at all times.

This is his number one priority program this new year.

"Education is useless if the person does not know how to respect people around him" is the slogan of Nerez in attaining his goal.

The second priority of the Procor leader is to avail of technologies to help in crime solution. He identified the fingerprint identification system as one of the technologies they need in the police force.

Nerez revealed his third priority is to train investigators on effective mediation. He explained mediation is still the best way to solve conflicts between two groups. He said it is better to solve than to file the case in court because once filed in court, the effects will be tripled. With this, he said the tripled effects of the case in court will also affect the community whom the policemen serve.

The new regional director assumed office last month after former Regional Director Benjamin Magalong was assigned as head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Nerez had earlier said he will not only continue what Magalong started but will enhance the programs for the development of Procor.

Nerez is a graduate of Philippine Military Academy "Maharlika" Class of 1984. He served as commander and staff of the country’s anti-kidnapping group, the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response, CIDG, the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force, and PNP Special Action Force, among others from 2004 to 2007.