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The Philippine National Police and Metrobank Foundation Inc. officially named the 2016 Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) during simple ceremonies at Camp Crame, Quezon City.

This year’s awardees were chosen for their accomplishment in various policing and initiated projects that had strengthened police-community cooperation. Among them is an Irig

“They are shining examples of selfless pursuit of duties and responsibilities and are dedicated public servants. They are ideal members of the country’s police force who serve as models to their peers and are pride of their institution, the Philippine National Police. It is our hope that through the COPS award, we can inspire a greater number of our police force to likewise aspire to the ideals of professional excellence, dignified service and exemplary leadership,” expressed MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña at the COPS awards last year. “The ten commissioned and non-commissioned officers exemplify the best and brightest of our police force: of sound mind and keen reflexes, trained to withstand high-pressure situations, responsive to the concerns of the citizenry,” he continued.

“Over the years, the Search for COPS has evolved to be the premier award in recognizing the noble role and contribution of the PNP, initiated by the private sector. Underscoring community participation in preventing and solving crime, COPS boosts the PNP’s integrated transformation program which seeks to further professionalize the institution as well as projects a more positive image of the police,” said RCNME president Engr. Edgardo Cruz.

Among them is an Irigueña assigned to the Police Community Relations, Women and Children Protection Desk of the Minalabac Municipal Police Station.

A proud Tabangnon of Iriga City, Police Officer 2 Fatima Ibias-Lanuza is keenly aware that her success is an inspiration to her tribe, especially to its women and youth. This is a responsibility that she takes seriously, and it manifests in the commitment and care that she bestows on her job.

Manning the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) is not for the faint of heart: it takes empathy, coupled with a respect for the rule of law, to ensure that its victims receive the justice they deserve. PO2 Lanuza’s sensitivity and affable nature has strengthened the bond between the police and the community. As concurrent Police Community Relations Officer of her station, she is a frequent speaker on substance abuse, gender and development, and anti-bullying programs in schools and local civic organizations.

Now on its 14th year, COPS honors gallant men and women in the police force who are able to work with the community to prevent and solve crime. All previous COPS awardees are now members of the COPS alumni organization named “Police Officers Responsible for Organizing, Transforming, Empowering Communities” or PROTECT.

The PNP leadership, once again, takes pride in recognizing the 2016 COPS awardees and congratulates them for their meritorious service and outstanding contributions. The four (4) Police Commissioned Officers and six (6) Non-Commissioned Officers now join the rank of 128 outstanding police officers who have been honored by the foundation since 2002.

Congratulations, PO2 Lanuza!