Police have only 12 patrol boats, lack thousands of vehicles: DILG


Posted at Jul 17 2019 11:30 AM

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The Philippine National Police only has a third of the ideal number of boats and lacks thousands of patrol vehicles, the interior department said Wednesday.

The PNP has some 12,000 vehicles, about a fifth of the ideal 35,000 vehicles, while its Maritime Group has 12 patrol boats, less than the ideal 58, said Interior Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya.

The national police, he added, will ask funds to procure body cameras in 2020, which was not included in this year's budget, leaving lawmen to rely only on donations from the private sector.

"Medyo malaki-laki pa rin po ang kakulangan natin sa kagamitan," Malaya told radio DZMM.

He also mentioned that the police to population ratio stands at 1 is to 576, just a bit off from the ideal 1 is to 500 ratio.

Meanwhile, there is one jail officer for every 12 detainees, quadruple the ideal ratio of 1 is to 3, Malaya said.

The fire officer to population ratio is at 1 is to 4,119, double the ideal of 1 is 2000, he said.

Recruitment operations are ongoing for firemen and jail officers, said the official.

DZMM, July 17, 2019