Implementing community policing in the Philippines

The Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) is the premier educational institution for the training, development and continuing education of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Fire and Jail Bureaus.

On 6 October 2015, the British Council received a Special Linkages Award from the College for its work on the Community Policing Project in Bangsamoro, a region affected by conflict in the Philippines. 

The project is jointly managed between the British Council and PPSC and will run until March 2016. The aim is to facilitate a change in the cultural relations between communities in the region and prepare both local people and the PNP for a community policing approach.

The award was given during the PPSC’s 22nd anniversary celebration by the Interior and Local Government Secretary, Mel Senen Sarmiento, and PPSC President, Ricardo de Leon.

The vision is for the PPSC to become the best leadership and governance school for public safety in the country, and the region. The partnership with the British Council has enabled PPSC to broaden and strengthen its relationships with international partner agencies to help achieve this goal. 

In his welcome remarks, de Leon cited the Bangsamoro Community Policing Project as indicative of PPSC’s commitment to instil in the hearts and minds of PPSC cadets the philosophy of community policing. 

He also thanked the British Council for partnering with the college in training a core group of facilitators who will conduct awareness, consultation and feedback activities within the PPSC community. 

Watch this video and find out more about community policing.

 

February 2016