Training and Education /PET
Chair: Director Eric Quema
The mission of the Training & Education Committee/Philippine Exchange Team (P.E.T.) is to enhance the professional knowledge and skills of Association members and our fellow officers in the Philippines in order to provide the best possible service to our respective communities. This committee has two components, which are:
• Training & Education Committee
This committee identifies and participates in established/traditional seminars and programs that are aimed to augment our expertise. We also develop and implement innovative projects that enhance the personal proficiencies of each member such as improving public speaking skills, creating comprehensive presentations, strengthening interagency relations (both foreign and domestic), and practicing effective business and community relations.
• Philippine Exchange Team (PET)
The Philippine Exchange Training (PET) Program is a unique project in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP). The intent of this program is to share and exchange information, ideas and best practices to implement in our respective communities.
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History of PET
In April of 1999, six members of the San Francisco Police Department conceived the idea of establishing an exchange training program with the Philippine National Police.
The Department had already conducted visits with other international law enforcement agencies in the past that included Japan, Russia and Amsterdam. However these visits consisted of semi formal courtesy calls or observing specific enforcement activities then a short written report upon their return.
The six Asian members of the Department were concerned with why no one had yet initiated any such contact with the Philippines.
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to the largest Filipino population outside the Philippines, as well as being a bilingual English speaking country. Additionally, San Francisco enjoys a sister-city relationship with Manila.
These facts presented an excellent opportunity to foster goodwill and go a step further by establishing a training program with the Philippine National Police also known as the PNP.
The six officers formed the Philippine Exchange Training (P.E.T.) Team, and began the groundwork to build a bridge between the SFPD and the PNP. Their efforts became a reality in the year 2000. It has grown to be a comprehensive exchange training program that has now reached out and included presentations to key business groups, neighborhood-based force multipliers, schools and even to the Philippine Hall of Congress.
Completely self-funded by Team members, the program delivers boxes of material donations to police stations, schools and neighborhood groups.
The primary mission of the P.E.T. team is to present, discuss and share best practices and current trends in policing with members of the PNP; in the hopes of better serving our respective communities. Outreach to business, community groups and youths complete the circle of true community policing.
In the year 2010, the SFPD-PET Program included its first members from outside Law Enforcement agencies: The BART Police Department, California Dept of Justice/Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Investigation Bureau. The newly formed Filipino Law Enforcement Officers Association (FALEO) chose to adopt and support the SFPD-PET Program under the auspices of Training and Education.
The combined Team of Law Enforcers spend a year creating presentations consisting of lectures, powerpoint, interactive demos; meeting on their own time, and personally buying and collecting new or useable second hand items to donate. The Team then sends those items ahead of their arrival.
The SFPD-P.E.T. program is a goodwill mission and a 100 % volunteer project. It is sustained by each Team member’s personal funds and personal time. Each year becomes increasingly difficult as the program faces various obstacles and challenges.
For those law enforcers that participate in this project, it is about dedication, compassion and a sense of duty. To this date it is the only law enforcement program of its kind in the Nation.