Tuesday, July 2, 2013

PNP Davao fired up by Mayor’s speech but needs more equipment to bolster Davao PNP’s efficiency

The Philippine National Police in Davao City got fired up with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that he will intensify the campaign against drug pushers and perpetrators of heinous crimes in the city but the police force can improve its efficiency with additional firearms and equipment.

“The Mayor’s statement during his oath taking has given lots of encouragement to the police to perform our jobs well considering that the chief executive is very supportive,” Davao PNP Director PS Supt. Ronald dela Rosa said during Monday’s Kapihan held at SM Annex.

However, he said, PNP Davao’s operations would be more efficient and effective given more resources for moving, shooting and communication. The PNP’s movement would be enhanced if we have more patrol cars, he said.

Dela Rosa said that at present, each PNP station has one to three units. However, the urban stations including Stations 1,2,3,4, and 5 would be more effective with up to six patrol cars. The outlying stations can make do with up to three patrol cars, he said, but wished that the stations in Paquibato, Baguio, Marilog and Toril will be equipped with 4x4 vehicles since most of the areas here have a rough terrain.

He said the existing patrol cars of the city are more than ten years old but are thriving because of good maintenance. They also need radios to bolster PNP Davao’s communication system, he added.

The SWAT needs additional equipment like tear gas and tactical lights. He said they also need stun grenade and long firearms that can cost up to P20 million. He said they are thankful because they are about to receive Glock 17 pistols from Camp Crame. He said Crame prioritized Davao City for the new generation pistols maybe because they saw na “maganda ang performance ng PNP.”

Dela Rosa said there is also a need for more training to enhance the skills of the police so that it will be at par with the PNP standards when it comes to speed and accuracy.

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