Silang, Cavite – PNPA in its bid to qualify for its membership with the International Association of Police Academies (INTERPA) was approved by the majority votes held during its 18th General Council Meeting and Executive Board Meeting last December 11, 2020 in the 3-day 9th Annual INTERPA Conference “Virtual Event”.
PBGEN RHODERICK C ARMAMENTO, Acting Director of PNPA expressed his optimism in bringing the Philippine National Police Academy to greater heights in the international ground for education and training among police academies and other learning equivalents. This is a great opportunity for the institution to align its track or its PNPA PANATA 2050 in bringing out PNPA cadets to learn, and engage with other counterparts in acquiring knowledge & best practices in policing and likewise leveling-up with policing standards in line with international law and human rights requirements and upholding of the rule of law, PBGEN ARMAMENTO stated.
Participants of PNPA joining PBGEN Armamento during the first day of the 3-day virtual conference were PBGEN PREXY D TANGGAWOHN, Deputy Director, PNPA; PBGEN JON A ARNALDO, Dean of Academics, PLTCOL JOSE OLIVER S MONTERO IV, OIC, OMD; PLTCOL JONAS PRISLE B PRETE, OIC, PPSMD; PLTCOL JOEL D NOSA, OIC, CDO, TACG and Dr. Jezamine R De Leon, Ph.D., Chief, Research Department of the Academics Group. The Activity started with the opening speech of Prof Yilmaz Çolak, Ph.D., the current President of INTERPA and Turkish National Police Academy.
INTERPA was founded in Istanbul on July 2, 2011. Initially, with the participation of 24 Police Academies and equivalent institutions from 22 various countries and under the initiative of the Turkish National Police Academy. Recently, with the acceptance of PNPA, University of Public Service (Hungary), and Rashtriya Raksha University (India) the association membership rose to a 76-member institution from 59 different countries.
Based on its guiding protocol, INTERPA was established based on reciprocality and equality, to carry out efficiency studies based on the communication partnership among the police training institutions.
As stated on the INTERPA official website, “The establishment of INTERPA has arisen in setting up a communication and collaboration platform for police training institutions to boost up the efficiency and effectiveness of police education and training on a global level. The INTERPA objective are as follows: 1.) Maximizing the cooperation and coordination among the member police training institutions in the field of police training by optimizing the existing sources and sharing the best practices and researches carried out in this field, 2.) Making possible to conduct exchange programs among the national training institutions for directors, trainers, and students from these institutions; and Increasing the management capability of the high-level directors utilizing joint programs.”
PNPA is also a permanent member of APTA or the Association of Police Training Institutions in Asia with 24 police training institutions from 14 member states in Asia since October 15, 2019.