PRO1 opens 2nd batch of specialized course for WCPD officers

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) formally opened the second batch of the 10-day Specialized Course for Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) Officers of Region 1 at the Concord Building here yesterday morning (December 6).

Fifty female Police Non-Commissioned Officers  presently designated as WCPD officers in various PRO1 municipal and city police stations composed the batch to undergo the specialized course held simultaneously in the different Police Regional Offices in the country pursuant to Letter of Instructions (LOI) 03/11 of the PNP National Headquarters which requires the PNP to conduct said training nationwide.

The course is geared towards institutionalizing and standardizing all PNP investigation training of WCPD officers all over the country in order to increase the awareness and quality of WCPD personnel in handling their respective duties.

Police Senior Superintendent Mansue N. Lukban, PRO1 Deputy Regional Director for Operations, who represented Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu,  Regional Director, pointed out that a large number of police personnel assigned in WCPD units do not have any formal training in investigation of crimes involving women and children and so the need to implement such training to elevate the standard of WCPD personnel.

“This specialized course is essential to give you the requisite competence in dealing with issues pertaining to the protection of the vulnerable sectors of the society, particularly women and children, as well as to keep you abreast of the latest developments in this particular field of police endeavor,” Lukban told the participants.

He added that the training is also designed to equip the WCPD personnel with the proper attitude towards the specific work, which in turn will enable them to perform their duties better.

The nationwide holding of the Specialized Course for WCPD Officers is part of the PNP’s 10-Point Action Plan which spells out the priority thrusts of PNP Chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome.#