PNP reiterates checkpoint procedures

June 15, 2011 10:58 pm 

MANILA, June 15 -– The Philippine National Police (PNP) reiterated on Wednesday its operational procedures for checkpoints nationwide.

PNP chief director general Raul Bacalzo said based on a cumulative report from January 1 to April 20, 2011 from the PNP National Operations Center (NOC), a total of 1,063,524 police operations were conducted resulting to 43,814 arrested persons and confiscation of 1,106 firearms.

Bacalzo said Police Regional Office (PRO) 4A, 1 and 7 made the most number of police operations.

These records show the increase in the number of firearms confiscated with the implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS).

“We shall intensify our operations on the ground,” Bacalzo said. “All police stations are tasked to focus on street crimes to make our streets safer,” he added.

PIPS is a recent flagship project of the PNP that started the implementation on December 30, 2010 to enhance crime prevention and solution through police visibility utilizing foot and mobile patrols, checkpoint and chokepoint operations, saturation drives, and other police interventions.

In line with its safety measures and established procedures, Director Leocadio Santiago Jr., Directorate for Operations, reminded all field unit commanders to supervise their personnel during the conduct of checkpoint operations as prescribed in Rule 25 of the PNP Operational Procedures (POP).

It is specified in Section 2, Rule 25 of the PNP Operational Procedures that in the conduct of the checkpoint proper, the checkpoint team shall be composed of, but not limited to a team leader that shall lead and take responsibility in the conduct of checkpoint preferably an officer with the rank of at least Police Inspector, together with a spotter, investigation sub-team, search/arresting sub-team, security sub-team, and blocking/pursuing sub-team or a minimum number of eight PNP personnel. (PNA) DCT/FFC/JCA

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