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Regular neuro-psychiatric tests will prevent self harm among cops — Eleazar

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Monday reiterated the need for lawmen to undergo regular neuro-psychiatric tests, saying this would also help prevent them from harming themselves.

“Sa training pa lamang, masasabing hindi na biro ang pinagdadaanan ng mga pulis. This is why I reiterate the importance of subjecting all personnel to neuro-psychiatric tests,” Eleazar said in a statement.

The PNP chief made the remark after learning of an incident in Rosario, Cavite, where a young police officer allegedly tried to commit suicide.

According to a police report, the 25-year-old patrolman, a native of Alcala, Cagayan, is a member of the PNP Maritime Group who was undergoing field training at the Rosario Police Station.

He was found lying on the rooftop of their boarding house, with a bullet wound to the head, early Sunday.

Initial investigation indicated that the firearm used was that of his field training officer, CMSgt. Erwin Yaza.

It also yielded that the young policeman may have broken into Yaza’s room, and that he had suffered from depression in the past.

The young lawman has since been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Eleazar previously voiced support for regular neuro-psychiatric tests on lawmen in the wake of the incidents that involved SMSgt. Jonel Nuezca and MSgt. Hensie Zinampan who shot and killed their neighbors in Tarlac and Quezon City in December 2020 and last week.

“This kind of test will greatly help in preventing personnel from inflicting harm on themselves or on other people,” he said.

While regular neuro-psychiatric tests have yet to be implemented, Eleazar tasked ground commanders to strictly monitor the behavior of their men, especially if they are manifesting signs of emotional and mental problems.

Meanwhile, Eleazar directed the immediate superiors of the young police officer in Rosario to monitor him closely and extend the assistance he needs.

“Aside from ensuring his treatment in the hospital, it is best that this police trainee be subjected to psychological counseling and evaluation,” he said.

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