Police officials cite importance of healthy family relations

EIGHT out of 10 police personnel who were dismissed from the service since August 2016 had experienced family problems that may have led to their inefficiency, National Police Commission (Napolcom) vice-chairman Rogelio Casurao said Monday, February 12.

“Karamihan (may problema sa pamilya) because nagco-compile tayo ng datos nito kapag ang pulis ay nasasangkot sa hindi tamang gawain. When you look back, when you trace back, makikita mo na somehow nagkaroon ng problema sa pamilya yan especially itong mga drug cases kung saan nasasangkot ang ating mga kapulisan, most of these policemen ay may pinagdaanan sa pamilya lalo na sa larangan ng droga,” Casurao said during the awarding of the Philippine National Police (PNP) model family 2018.

“It only gives us the idea na dapat ang pamilya talaga ay palakasin kasi ito ay pinaghuhugutan ng kahit nino man sa pakikitungo niya sa lipunan,” he added.

Based on PNP records, 352 cops were removed from service since August 2016 due to several offenses including involvement on illegal drugs, kidnapping, murder and rape. About 85 percent of them were found to have family problems.

Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, PNP spokesperson, said the PNP health service and chaplain office are already working together to address such issue.

Bulalacao said the unit commanders recommend counselling for their men once they notice that there is something wrong with them that needs psychological and emotional counselling.

“We agree sa sinabi niya na kailangan ng counselling and this will be done. Currently the health service is actively doing this and the chaplain service conducts counselling and psychological debriefing to identify ‘yung PNP members na may problem kagaya sa family na nakakaapekto sakay at lalo na eventually affects the efficiency in his performance,” he said.

Aside from counselling, Casurao said the PNP should also step up in checking the family background of the police applicants as it impacts on how they would behave as a police personnel.

"Sa ating mga kapulisan, kung anuman ang pinapakita nila ngayon sa serbisyo nila ito'y salamin ito kung anong klaseng pamilya ang pinanggalingan niya," he said.

During the flag raising ceremony on Monday morning at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, the PNP awarded the five winners in the annual search for PNP model families which was organized by the Napolcom in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PNP, and other stakeholders to exemplify the police image as a leader and partner in keeping peaceful and well-secured communities.

The 2017 Most Outstanding Model PNP Family is the family of Police Inspector Danielo Jacosalem and Police Senior Inspector (PSI) Rowena Jacosalem from the Compostela Valley Police Station.

The PNP said the Jacosalem family showcased generosity and charitable work in the community.

Bulalacao said PSI Jacosalem, who is assigned at the Women and Children Protection Desk office, was also featured in a television show for her invaluable service to the people of Compostela Valley.

The Jacosalem family received P150,000 and a Plaque of Recognition from the search committee.

Other Family of the Year winners were the family of Senior Police Officer 4 Dennis Juan from the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office; the family of PSI Marvin Cajegas from Iligan City Police Station 4, PRO 10; the family of Senior Police Officer 3 Edgardo Figuracion II from Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Health Service PRO 9; and family of Police Inspector Annie Decano from Palauig Municipal Police Station, PRO 3.

Casurao said these families highlighted the image of the PNP as a family-based institution and emphasizes the importance of strong family ties in the overall performance of the police a law enforcer. (SunStar Philippines)
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