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09MANILA558
2009-03-13 06:55
2011-08-30 01:44
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Embassy Manila

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 000558

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM PGOV PINS PREL RP SNAR
SUBJECT: LOOKING BEYOND THE MODEL POLICE STATION PROGRAM

¶1. SUMMARY: The late January ceremony marking the
successful completion of the Embassy’s Model Police Station
program received widespread media coverage and provided an
opportunity for the Ambassador to publicly underscore the
importance of respect for human rights by law enforcement
personnel. The two-year project involved substantial
training and personnel development components, as well as
equipment donation, policy development, and implementation of
community-policing endeavors at 10 PNP stations in a variety
of community settings across the country. Some 169 courses
provided training in 15 critical areas for 5,258 PNP
officers, including 972 women. Pending available funding,
planning is underway both to repeat the initial project’s
curriculum at 17 new stations, as well as to pursue 12 new
areas of training at existing Model Police Stations. END
SUMMARY.

Background
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¶2. By 2006, under the leadership of former Chief Avelino
Razon, the Philippine National Police (PNP) began to
implement its integrated transformation plan (ITP), a
ten-year program of professionalization, policy development,
infrastructure development, and capacity-building designed to
meet international law enforcement standards. The ITP was an
outgrowth of assessments conducted by the United Nations
Development Program in 2005 and studies by a USG interagency
team in 2006. Among the reform projects outlined in the ITP
was the development of Model Police Stations that aimed “to
integrate and showcase the PNP reforms and best practices in
policing and police organization management within a defined
locality under the jurisdiction of a municipal or city police
office.”

¶3. Once the desired best practices had been mastered at a
model station, the PNP’s intention was to utilize personnel
from that station to assist in repeating those successes at
neighboring police stations. For the initial implementation
of the project, the PNP identified ten pilot sites scattered
throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao: Baguio, Boracay,
Kalibo, Lapu-Lapu City, Marawi, Marikina City, Puerto
Princesa, Quezon City, Sorsogon, and Zamboanga. These sites
represent a diverse cross-section of Philippine society,
including highly urbanized areas, rural regions, tourist
destinations, and industrial areas. The number of station
personnel ranged from 65 to almost 3,000. Recognizing that
such diverse settings would require an individualized
approach, a slightly different curriculum was developed at
each station.

More Just and Prosperous Society
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¶4. Assisted by New Zealand’s Ambassador, Ambassador Kenney
presented the chiefs of ten Model Police Stations with
certificates of completion during a January 22 ceremony at
Philippine National Police headquarters that marked the
successful completion of the Embassy’s Model Police Station
program. In her remarks, the Ambassador lauded Philippine
efforts to upgrade its capabilities in order to address
global challenges such as terrorism, trafficking in persons,
as well as smuggling of narcotics and weapons. She went on
to underscore the contribution that a properly trained,
professional police force can make toward creating a just,
peaceful, and prosperous society. In congratulating the
assembled PNP personnel, the Ambassador highlighted the Model
Police Station program as yet another example where
U.S.-Philippine partnership helps support our shared
democratic values and goals.

Two-Tiered Approach, Plus Equipment Donations
———————————————

¶5. With funding from the Department of State’s Bureau of
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in
February 2007 Embassy Manila launched the Model Police
Station project; the U.S. Department of Justice’s
International Criminal Investigative Assistance Training
Program (ICITAP) was contracted to deliver the program.
ICITAP conducted training and other developmental activities
in 15 critical areas via a two-tiered framework. Tier One
initiatives included instructor development, community
policing, basic crime scene investigation, police ethics,
human rights, first line supervision, and civil disturbance
management. Following successful completion of training in
these basic areas, more advanced Tier Two initiatives covered
criminal investigations, crimes against women and children,
trafficking in persons, internal investigations,
counterterrorism for patrol officers, media relations,

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mid-level management, and interviews and interrogations.
Equipment donations totaled approximately $100,000, and for
each Model Station included complete crime-scene processing
kits, photographic equipment, plus computers, printers, LCD
projectors, and related conference/classroom equipment.

¶6. During the project’s two-year span, 169 training courses
graduated 5,258 police officers (972, or 18 percent, of whom
were women). Overall, some 170,136 officer-hours of
classroom training were delivered, at a total cost to the USG
of approximately $1.4 million. The personnel of the Model
Police Stations exhibited tremendous initiative during this
project and produced some remarkable outcomes. Observable
improvement has been achieved in all 15 critical areas, but
that improvement has been particularly stark in the areas of
instructor development, community policing, and crime scene
investigation. Our PNP colleagues have seized upon these
training and development opportunities and now possess higher
degrees of competence in areas of expertise that were
previously severely lacking or completely nonexistent.

Partnerships and Impacts
————————

¶7. Over the life of the Model Police Station project,
Embassy Manila has actively sought to partner with others who
could help further project goals. Beginning in March 2008,
the New Zealand Embassy has provided police instructors and
advisers to assist with training and mentoring Model Police
Station personnel. They have participated at project
stations in Baguio, Kalibo, Marawi, Zamboanga, and
metropolitan Manila, contributing to approximately 13 percent
of the project’s total activities.
¶8. The Model Police Station program has already yielded
tangible benefits in the communities where they are found.
Each Model Police Station now has in place policies that
mandate on-the-streets community policing activities, as well
as strict procedures governing the handling of all crime
scenes. As an example of this success, the community
policing outreach at the Lapu-Lapu Station (near Cebu, the
nation’s second-largest city) has virtually eliminated
dangerous illegal mining operations, which had previously
resulted in large numbers of explosives-related injuries and
property damage. Another outgrowth of the program has been
the development of 45 fully-qualified PNP instructors who
have in turn delivered more than 30 training courses at other
PNP stations, at no further cost to the Embassy.

Next Steps
———-

¶9. Embassy Manila is working with INL to identify funding
available for continued engagement in model police station
development. With Tier One and Tier Two of the Model Police
Station project complete at ten sites, Embassy Manila, PNP,
and other partners have identified two additional avenues of
training that would complement previous efforts. PNP Chief
Jesus Verzosa has directed police commanders of all 17
regions to each nominate one station for designation as a
Model Police Station, with the intention of undertaking the
same course of development activities accomplished at the
initial ten sites. Secondly, additional development areas
where USG-sponsored professionalization efforts would prove
especially fruitful at the ten existing Model Stations
comprise a proposed “Tier Three” of training and development
in twelve additional areas.

Additional Assistance to the PNP
——————————–

¶10. While this first phase of U.S. Government assistance in
support of PNP reform efforts has come to a close, much
remains to be done to bring Philippine law enforcement
capabilities more in line with international standards.
Embassy Manila will continue to provide law enforcement
assistance to help achieve this goal. We are forging ahead
with a multimillion dollar maritime police project based in
Palawan province, where newly constructed facilities and
patrol vessels are expected to be in service by July. We
also continue to be robustly engaged in police training and
development projects in the Sulu Archipelago, ensuring that,
as lasting peace finally comes to this conflict-affected
region, police will stand ready to assume security functions
that have heretofore been the responsibility of Philippine
armed forces.
KENNEY

   

 

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