PNP-AKG beefs up partnership with civilian anti-crime advocates

July 6, 2012 9:27 pm 

MANILA, July 6 – In line with its efforts to reduce kidnapping incidents in the country, the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) on Friday beefed its partnership with community leaders and stakeholders in the fight against kidnap-for-ransom syndicates.

PNP-AKG chief Sr. Supt. Isagani Nerez said that they continue to enjoy strong support from its anti-crime advocacy partners, which have renewed their commitment to actively participate in the government’s efforts to curb kidnapping.

These groups include the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order led by its president Ka Kuen Chua, the Alliance for Peace and Order, Philippine Chinese Charitable Association headed by James Dy and the Quezon City Association of Filipino-Chinese businessman.

Nerez, who was also the Chief of the defunct Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response unit, or PACER, said that the community played a critical role in addressing kidnapping menace in the country.

“The fact is, without civilian component, our anti-crime prevention and solution drive won’t succeed”, Nerez said.

At the same time, Nerez rejected calls to revive PACER, the task force responsible for solving kidnap-for-ransom cases from 2002 to early this year.

He said the activation of AKG last February resulted in a better equipped anti-kidnapping force and a heightened degree of professionalism among its personnel.

“AKG is actually an improved version of the PACER. It is a bigger and permanent anti-kidnapping unit”, Nerez said.

He also said that compared to PACER, AKG had a fixed and bigger budget under General Appropriation Act, and better career paths for its members.

“Before there was no clear career path for PACER personnel since it was a task force, they are overlooked in the promotion system of the PNP, hence it is a source of demoralization among them,” Nerez saaid. (PNA) RMA/PFN

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