PNP upgrades for 2015: “From Pulis Patola to Pulis Panalo.”

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This is one of the many things that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the greater public can look forward to starting 2015, according to Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas.

“Hindi na pwede ang bara-bara, kanya-kanya, at ningas-cogon [We can no longer allow the PNP to operate ad hoc, in silos and sporadically.] We need a programmatic, deliberate and sustained approach in fighting crime,” Roxas stressed.

During his media roadshow last November, Roxas revealed plans for the PNP in 2015, starting with the expansion of the intensified anti-crime campaign called OPLAN Lambat-Sibat to other regions after its success in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Starting this month, Roxas said that the PNP will be installing closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in every police station, as well as in 100 high-crime areas in Metro Manila for real-time coverage.

In March, PNP is set to digitize their crime incident reporting system by reintroducing the incident record form (IRF) in every police precinct in the metro, which was envisioned to replace the old blotter system in capturing data about crime.

“The IRF will serve as the complainant’s receipt and a reference number will also be provided so victims can track down the progress of their complaints,” Roxas explained.

Sometime between the second and third quarters of the year, the PNP will also be receiving around 1,000 new patrol vehicles, more than 5,000 firearms, and more than 52,000 radios.

“We want our men and women in blue to ‘move, shoot, and talk’ better so they can combat crime more effectively,” he added.--DILG

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