ICITAP rep visits ZC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 August 2012 14:36

A representative of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), the sponsor of the School Resource Officer (SRO) training course that was attended by four Filipino police officers in the United States, paid a courtesy call on the Zamboanga City Police Office and the Department of Education, recently.

Mark Weaver of ICITAP arrived in the city last August 23 and met SPO1 Marlene Asdaon Galvez, the Zamboangueña policewoman who joined the SRO training in the US. He was accompanied by Galvez to the City Police Office where he met Supt. Concordio Apoloño, Deputy City Director, and discussed with the latter the positive effect of implementing the so-called School Resource Office in all public high schools in Mindanao.

Weaver with Galvez then went to the Department of Education Schools Division Office and met Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad.

During the meeting with Natividad and some DepEd officials, Weaver discussed and explained the importance of implementing the SRO in all public high schools with the aim to guide the youth until they will become professionals in the future.

Weaver was impressed and elated by the positive respons he got from the DepEd officials led by Natividad.

ICITAP is a program of the US Department of Justice that put up the School Resource Officer training course.

Galvez and three other police officers from Mindanao underwent a month-long special training course in the US last month. They were deployed with American policemen in the field and learned how to handle different kinds of cases and situations.

The US and the Philippine National Police with the Department of Education are now preparing to implement the SRO in Mindanao.

If the plan will push through, Galvez will also train other police officers who will be assigned in the different public high schools.

SRO is being implemented in the US for 23 years. — Dan Toribio Jr.