A total of 280 rookie cops recruited as regular members of the Philippine National Police Organization as public safety officers took their oath on August 3, 2015, which was witnessed by their proud parents and love ones. The simple ceremony was held at the parade ground of the Police Office 9 Regional Headquarters during the traditional Monday Morning Flag Raising Ceremony.
The newly appointed Police Officers 1 composed of 226 males and 54 females are the additional members of the Police Regional Office 9 police force to beef-up its present strength.
The oath taking was witnessed by the members of the Command Group, Police Commissioned Officers, Police Non-Commissioned Officers, Non-Uniformed Personnel of the Police Regional Office 9 and the representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government and National Police Commission Regional Director.
The 280 newly appointed PO1s were presented by Police Chief Superintendent Ramon M. Ochotorena, Deputy Regional Director for Administration, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Recruitment, to Police Chief Superintendent Edgar O Basbas, Acting Regional Director PRO9, who administered the oath-taking.
After the oath taking, the new recruits were turned-over to the Commandant of the Regional Training School 9, Philippine Public Safety College by Police Superintendent Primitivo Lorenzo Jr., Acting Chief, RPHRDD PRO 9, and was duly received by Professor Ruben Ho, the Chief, Academic Division of the school. They will undergo six months Public Safety Basic Recruitment Course at said training school.
The newly-appointed PNP members are part of the 1,044 applicants who previously applied to be part of the police force. As early as April 2015, they processed their papers at ORPHRDD, and underwent Physical Agility Test in which 931 have passed. However, based on the ranking, only 588 were qualified to take the neuro-psychiatric tests, which is the next phase of the recruitment. Of this total, only 316 have been recommended or passed the neuro examination, and will proceed to the next stage of recruitment, the medical and dental examinations conducted at the Regional Health Service 9.
Only 288 applicants have been issued certification fit for training by the Chief, Regional Health Service 9, and were qualified for final interview. The others fell due to various health problems. During the interview, eight applicants were disqualified, wherein, two are overage, one still underage, while five have height problem and failed to present the height waiver.
After the completion of PSBRC, the rookie cops will undergo Field Training Program for another six months. After which, they will be back at RTS 9 for evaluation, for a period of one month. Upon passing the evaluation, they will be declared as graduate of PSBRC.
Upon the completion of PSBRC, the rookies will under undergo another 45 days PNP SCOUT, prior to being dispatch to their first assignment, the Regional Public Safety Battalion 9. They will be rendering duties for at least five years with the battalion, prior seeking reassignment to other units.