PNP teaches cops how to shoot to wound

By Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2013 04:29 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2013 03:41 AM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday launched a new form of "marksmanship" program aimed to enhance and improve the shooting skills of policemen during an armed situation.

The training program dubbed as "modified non-fatal shooting of suspects" initiated by the PNP Training Service (TS) kicked-off Tuesday afternoon at the PNP firing range in Camp Crame.

Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot, PNP-Training Service director, said the training program is meant to improve the "marksmanship" skills of policemen to better save lives of the victims and even the suspects.

"This non fatal shooting of suspect training program will teach our policemen to be more humane in dealing and responding to an armed situation without causing any fatality," Loot said in a statement.

Normally, a policeman is being taught, during their basic police course training, to shoot the suspects in the head.

"Instead of shooting the body and head… policemen are taught to shoot the knee, elbow, thigh, shoulder and all non fatal targets during our demonstration yesterday," Loot said.

The first day of training will have a batch of 20 police officers. Once the training is completed, they will be deployed in other police units to train other policemen.