Caloocan police complete reorientation program

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) — Around a thousand members of the Caloocan police force have finished an almost two-month reorientation and moral enhancement program.

Metro Manila Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said 104 of the 1,076 policemen who underwent retraining failed. From that number, 29 were recommended for deployment outside Metro Manila, 41 will undergo retraining, while 32 were deemed unfit for service and may face dismissal from the police force.

Two went on absence without leave or AWOL.

Albayalde said 49 of underwent retraining declined the mandatory drug testing, and are being investigated to find out why.

The program focused on the moral and spiritual transformation of policemen, as well as the observation of human rights during police operations.

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"This is maybe the first of many but we will not stop and we will not get tired helping our organization to have better and disciplined policemen. We will impose sanctions when necessary and will equally reward good performing cops," Albayalde said.

Albayalde told CNN Philippines that the initial 30-day retraining period extended to almost two months because the policemen had to serve during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits.

An earlier report said that 1,143 policemen would participate in the program, but Albayalde explained that this number was cut to 1,076 because some decided to retire early and pregnant police officers were exempted.

The Caloocan Police were ordered to retrain after the killing of teenagers Kian Delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz in police operations in the city.