WHILE it is a dream come true, it also entails sacrifice.

A nursing graduate changed lanes to seek a career as a policeman, a move influenced by his father who is a retired Philippine Navy officer.

PO1 Bryan Coyogue, 23, of Tisa, Labangon, said he will just take the nursing board examination once he finishes his police training.

Coyogue said he has the passion to serve the country and didn’t hesitate to sacrifice his time with his family.

He has been living with his partner Michelle Tejoc, with whom he has one child, for eight years.

Tejoc said it will be the first time for Coyogue to leave for quite a while, but still she is proud of her husband.

“Proud, but sad kay pag-abot niya after training, dako na ang among anak (when he arrives, our child will be a bit older),” Tejoc said.

Bryan’s mother Lolita Coyogue says she supports her son, “Dawaton na lang nato kay mao man ang iyang gusto, para lang man gihapon ni sa amo (We just have to accept it because that’s what he wants, and this is also for us).”

Like Coyogue, June Stephanie Chavez, one of 43 policewomen in the training, also sees the chance as a dream realized.

The 27-year-old policewoman from Negros Oriental has been married for five years and has a five-year-old child.

Her husband Anthony supports her dream, saying he is glad to see how the opportunity made her happy.

Chavez said this has been her dream as she finished BS Criminology. She said she trusts her husband and that everything will be okay.

She pointed out that the qualification for being a police officer sees beyond gender, but considers foremost one’s willingness to serve the country.

“Everything should be respected, even women like us can be a police officer,” she said.

Recruits

Coyogue and Chavez are two of those who passed the 2014 First Cycle Police Recruitment Program.

Out of 1,045 applicants, 169 passed, with 126 males and 43 females.

The new police officers took their oath at the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 last Monday.

PRO 7 Public Information Officer Renato Dugan said the applicants will undergo six months of public safety basic course, then six months of on-the-job training in police stations and another six months in the regional safety battalion.

PRO 7 Acting Regional Director for Administration and Chairman of Police Selection Committee Senior Supt. Orlando D. Ualat clarifies that applications do not come with a fee.

Target recruits

Dugan said they are looking at 1,000 recruits for the year and that they are still a long way from achieving that.

Ualat said the training will help them determine the applicants’ dedication to the

job.

“It is a management tool for us to determine the applicants’ qualification—height, weight, age, eligibility, physical fitness and education,” he added.

The recruits were in the Regional Training School in Balamban for the basic course.

They also had to undergo a Field Training Program that includes covering police court, investigation, traffic control and community relations. (John Cavin Sabonsolin, USJ-R Mass Com Intern)