PNP plans to have reserve force for disaster relief and response

March 19, 2012 7:31 am 

MANILA, March 18 — After a series of natural calamities like earthquakes and floods that hit the country, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is planning to have its own reserve force that can be tapped as frontliners in disaster relief and response.

According to PNP chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome, the police force wants to adopt the military’s reservist system in order to maximize the organization’s disaster response role.

Bartolome said the reservist force, once approved, will be called Police Reserve Unit and will be deployed for relief and rescue missions when disasters strike.

“The plan is now on the drawing board, and will be activated as soon as we iron out some of the minor glitches,” he explained.

Bartolome said that the Police Reserve Unit would be composed of Criminology students and other college students who plan to make a career in the police organization after graduation.

The unit would be created in every college or university offering Criminology course and will be supervised by police officials.

Those who want to join the unit will be trained in all the basic functions of law enforcement, with emphasis on disaster response.

“We have been witness to different natural calamities in our country. Our objective now is to do something to further improve the service of the PNP to the people, particularly in terms of preventing the adverse effects of the calamities and extending all-out assistance to the victims,” Bartolome said. (PNA)

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