PNP eyes checking cops’ mental health to keep them from harming selves, others

The Philippine National Police is mulling regular neuro-psychiatric tests on police personnel following an alleged suicide attempt by a police trainee in Rosario, Cavite.

Citing initial reports, Police General Guillermo Eleazar, PNP chief, said in a statement the police trainee was found by fellow trainees on Sunday, June 6. He was wounded and on the rooftop of his boarding house.

The trainee, who is said to have a record of depression, was rushed to the Divine Grace Hospital for medical treatment and eventually survived the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Eleazar in his statement said the incident shows why the mental health of PNP personnel must be regularly checked.

He directed immediate superiors of the police trainee to monitor him closely and extend the assistance he needs.

In earlier statements, Eleazar also linked mental health in the police to the murders of Lilybeth Valdez in Quezon City and Sonya and Frank Gregorio in Paniqui, Tarlac.

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