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Cordillera cops start counter-insurgency training

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Some 80 police personnel in Cordillera have started undergoing training on internal security operations as part of the capacity building program to fight insurgency.

The Basic Internal Security Operations Course was held for 80 police officers assigned with the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and Cordillera Police Maneuver Force Companies.

Cordillera regional police director P/Brig. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson encouraged the police officers to take their training seriously, to fight insurgency, terrorism, and criminality.

“Keep in mind that skills alone will not save you, but skills plus proper planning and coordination is equal to operational success,” Dickson said (http://northboundasia.com/2019/07/10/cordillera-cops-start-counter-insurgency-training/).

PROCOR spokesperson Police Maj. Carolina Lacuata said the 60-day training course is mandatory for all policemen assigned to the units.

Lacuata said this is an enhanced version of the 45-day Special Counter-Insurgency Operations Unit Training (SCOUT), which aim to upgrade the officers’ counter-insurgency skills.

RMFB and the Maneuver Force companies serve as frontliners in internal security threat groups, including the New People’s Army.

Also, the training aims to develop the personal effectiveness and capability of a police officer in handling internal security operations.

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