Region I police vies for best PRO

SAN FERNANDO CITY — The Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) stands a good chance of once again bagging the much-coveted title in this year’s search for best police regional office of the nation this year with its excellent track record, vastly improved camp facilities, and first-rate job performance of its personnel.

This was the prevailing mood at the start of the Annual General Inspection — Operational Readiness Inspection Test and Evaluation (AGI-ORSITE) in Region 1 held here on November 15.

PRO1 has previously won the Best PRO a record five times.

Spearheaded by the PNP’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS), the AGI-ORSITE is a nationwide activity conducted annually in all police offices and units to assess their operational readiness, appraise their adherence to PNP policies and prescribed rules and regulations, and evaluate their overall capability and effectiveness.

Police Chief Supt. Orlando M. Mabutas, PRO1 director, led his personnel in welcoming the inspecting team headed by Police Chief Supt. Enrico G. Salapong with a traditional arrival honors in front of the Admin building.  The inspecting team later joined the PRO1 personnel  in the flag-raising ceremony at about 8 a.m.

This was followed by an entrance briefing at the Masigasig Center  by Senior Superintendent Ferdinando G. Sevilla, PRO1 deputy director for operations, on the actions taken on the result of the previous AGI-ORSITE.  Supt. Noel B. Amoyen, chief of the PRO1 operations and plans division, also presented a briefing on the PRO1’s accomplishments and situation update.

Mabutas said that though the Region 1 police is vying for the Best PRO title, “we view this annual activity not primarily as a competition to garner high ranking, but more as a chance to showcase in a positive way the culture of excellence that has become the hallmark of PRO1.”

“While we constantly employ self-evaluation to identify shortcomings — and exert every effort to make things better — we fully recognize the importance of a critical assessment from a different perspective.  We therefore keenly await the team’s findings and evaluation with an open mind, intending to use them as inputs in our constant effort to be a more capable, more effective and more credible police organization,” he added.

The AGI-ORSITE team conducted an accounting and inspection of personnel on the parade ground.  The 1st Regional Public Safety Battalion (1st RPSB) presented demonstrations on  high-risk checkpoint operations, hostage negotiation, and civil disturbance management (CDM).

Records show that PRO1 won the Best PRO award in 1997 under former regional director and now Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr., in 2000 during the time of General Jose Ayap; back-to-back wins in 2006 and 2007 during the stint of then Chief Supt. Leopoldo N. Bataoil, now representative of the 2nd congressional district of  Pangasinan; and in 2008 under Chief Supt. Luizo C. Ticman.#