PNP warns vs unauthorized use of police logo and uniformsBy Ben Cal
February 15, 2012 10:30 am
MANILA, Feb. 14 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has warned the public on the unauthorized use of “Police” logo and uniforms by unscrupulous persons soliciting donations or selling tickets for their own personal interest.
“As provided by law, the PNP reserves exclusive right and sole authority to use the word “Police”, and it is expressly unlawful for any person or entity to usurp this law-mandated authority,” said Director General Nicanor A. Batolome, PNP chief.
Bartolome issued the warning after receiving complaints from 30 non-government organizations (NGOs) that are members of PNP Federation of Acrredited NGO (PNPFAN) regarding the wearing of uniform emblazoned with a marking “Police” by non-credited NGOs.
In their complaints the heads of 30 PNPFAN said the Police Hotline Movement, Inc., said to be wearing T-shirt with a bold word “POLICE”, is not accredited by the PNP – Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) which has the sole authority of approving accreditations.
But the said group pointed out that they have an existing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Police Station 3 of Manila Police District allowing their members to use the word “POLICE” being tasked as “Force Multiplier” of PNP.
Bartolome warned the public on the illicit activities of bogus NGOs that conduct business using the name of the Philippine National Police to solicit donations, sponsorships and selling of tickets for personal interest.
He reminded the accredited NGOs and the public,about the prohibition to use the word “Police” as part of NGO organization’s name, since it could mislead or confuse the public into believing that it is part of the national government or another law enforcement agency.
Bartolome emphasized that the PNP or police name cannot be used in their logos, symbols and/or uniform as part of their corporate communication, uniform, signage, insignia, badge, rank and other paraphernalia.
According to Police Director Rommel DF Heredia, of the Directorate for Police Community Relations, the NGO applicant must abide by the provision of Article 179 or The Illegal Use of Uniforms and/or Insignia and only accredited NGOs are utilized by the PNP in its Police-Community Relations projects. (PNA) RSV/ mmg