The Philippine National Police (PNP) commemorated on Thursday its 120th Police Service Anniversary through virtual ceremonies streamed live to different regional and provincial offices and police stations across the country.

PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said this year’s celebration focused mainly on the aspiration of the organization to promote integrity and cleanliness in all aspect of police service.

“Our job as police officers is one of the most challenging forms of public service. What we do, how we think and how we behave are always a special concern for the people in the community even if we are on off-duty,” Eleazar said in his message.

While the police service anniversary is annually celebrated in the month of August in commemoration of the establishment of the Philippine Constabulary as the country’s first insular police force that was founded on August 8, 1901, Eleazar said it was moved this year due to the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region and in compliance with pandemic policies and guidelines.

“The true measure of public service is the appreciation, the trust, the confidence and the respect of the people we serve. Kaya naman kahit late ang ating Police Service Anniversary celebration dito sa Camp Crame, due to strict quarantine measures in Metro Manila, I made sure that the true spirit of our anniversary is understood and celebrated by our personnel on the groud because our police stations and offices in various parts of the country are the true frontliners of our police service,” Eleazar said. 

The  PNP chief underscored significant and major police operational accomplishments and good deeds of policemen who serve as ”inspiration to professionalize further the police’s mandate.”

Highlighting the celebration was the presentation of awards to PNP units and personnel cited for outstanding performance and achievements in service.

Image courtesy of Nonie Reyes

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