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320 police training vs. insurgency

          Neophyte police officers in Negros and Panay are undergoing counter-insurgency operations training in Iloilo, pending their assignment to the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6, a rapid deployment force unit of the Police Regional Office 6 in Western Visayas.

          Lt. Col. JoemMalong, PRO 6 spokesperson, said yesterday that 320 police personnel, who completed the police basic course at the Regional Training School 6 in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, started their 60-day Basic Internal Security Operations Course(BISOC) in Sara, Iloilo, on Nov. 24.    

          BISOC, a mandatory training for all PNP personnel, provides the basic mindset and instinct, indoctrination, discipline and character, individual and unit skills and knowledge that will be applied to internal security operations, Malong said.

          She added that neophyte police personnel will be trained on small unit operations, standard operating procedures, tactics, techniques and procedures for operations, especially in the areas of counter-insurgency.

          After the two-month training, they will be assigned to the different mobile force companies in the region to perform anti-insurgency operations, Malong said.

          Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director of Western Visayas, in a statement issued by the PRO 6 Public Information Office, enjoined BISOC trainees “to submit your whole to this training”.

          “Remember, there are no second chances in real life combats and there will be no rewinds,” Pamuspusan said.

          The PRO6 will strictly implement health and safety protocols during the training, he added.*GPB

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