51 Baguio COPS completed SWAT course

CAMP MAJOR BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Additional 51 Police Officer will complement the existing SWAT Unit of Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) after they finished almost three months of training in Philex Mines, Ampucao, Benguet.

In a simple ceremony held at the Melvin Jones Grandstand, PBGEN R’WIN S PAGKALINAWAN graced the closing ceremony of the Specialized Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Course Class 04-2020RCOR “MANGANUP” Alpha and Bravo. A total of 51 Police Officers completed the course of which, three are Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and the remaining 48 are Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs).

Leading their respective classes, recognized for their outstanding performance during the training are PCpl Mikhail P Aspilan for class Alpha and PCpl Ryan B Bumal-o for class Bravo.

As the class marcher, PCPT ANGELITO BIDBIDAY was awarded with Leadership Award.

Also, special awards were given to PCpl Ryan B Bumal-o – Top Gun in Pistol Marksmanship Category with a rating of 96.48%, PCpl Camfrey O Fongafong – Top Gun in Rifle Marksmanship Category with a rating of 97.88%, and PCpl Melcres B Frigillana as the Strong Man with a rating of 95.48%.

Top Gun is a special award for the trainees who gained the highest score in pistol and rifle marksmanship training while Strong Man is a special award for the personnel who excel in the the physical fitness aspect of the training.

As part of the closing program, the SWAT graduates showcased their skills in hostage negotiation and police response during crisis situations.

In his message, PBGEN PAGKALINAWAN extended his profound gratitude to the City Government of Baguio thru Hon. Mayor Benjamin Magalong for the logistical support to the training course. He also reminded the graduates to perform their duties in accordance with the law and with respect to human rights.

The ceremony wrapped up with the bloody pinning and beer busting of the graduates spearheaded by Mayor Magalong together with PBGEN PAGKALINAWAN, PCOL GLENN D LONOGAN, Chief of Regional Learning and Doctrine Development Division PROCOR and PCOL ALLEN RAE F CO, Baguio City Police Office City Director. (PROCOR RPIO)