Cops can text in public, says PNP official

September 11, 2009 11:04 am 

KALIBO, Aklan, Sept. 11 – Operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) can text even in public view.

S/Supt. Ruperto Floro Jr., regional operations and plans division chief of Police Regional Office in Western Visayas, clarified that local police operatives are allowed to use their cellular phones in public despite negative perception.

"The Police Community Relations (PCR) of the PRO-6 has conducted a public perception survey and found out that many residents didn’t approve of seeing policemen who are texting while on duty. We believe it is necessary for us to use our cellular phones in public as part of our monitoring of the peace and order situation," Floro said.

But while texting in public is perceived as negative, residents in Western Visayas reportedly gave their highest approval for police officers participating in the community work.

"We need to undertake this public perception survey in order for us to determine what the residents think about their policemen and for us to know which directions to take," Floro said. (PNA)

LAP/JNAguirre/vlo

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