Gov't steps up police recruitment to prevent crimes

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Jun 17 2014 12:52 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2014 08:52 PM

MANILA - The government is aggressively recruiting policemen to prevent and resolve crimes across the country, a Palace spokesman said Tuesday.

In an interview with ANC, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the ratio is currently at one policeman for every 675 Filipinos, which is a far cry from the ratio back in 1986 at one for every 400.

“The Philippine National Police is recruiting new policemen and 13,000 new civilian employees to improve the ratio to one for every 600 Filipinos,” he said in a Headstart interview.

He said the increase in crimes these days can be blamed on “motive, instrumentality, and opportunity.”

While the police can’t prevent the motive, it can do so with the two other ingredients in a crime.

“Opportunity can be prevented via police visibility and checkpoints,” he said.

After race car driver Enzo Pastor was shot dead last week, the Quezon City Police put in place 12 mobile police desks “with a full complement such as cars and police officers ready to answer to calls,” Coloma noted, for example.

With regard to instrumentality, the government is also trying to improve gun control measures, he said.

Also a few weeks ago, reports came out that around 1,000 AK-47 assault rifles from a security agency ended up in the hands of the New People’s Army.

Investigators are already looking into this, Coloma said.

"This was a procurement by a private entity, which is supposed to be regulated by the PNP. It’s not the PNP being directly involved in this. But investigators are now looking into the leakage, how the rifles ended up in the hands of lawless elements.”

In a separate interview with radio dzMM, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas directed the PNP to finish all “ongoing” investigations. He said the crime situation is “not acceptable.”

He noticed the creation of taskforces is not enough to resolve the crimes.

“It’s just a taskforce in name. In the end, it’s the same regular policemen who are in the taskforce.”