PNP to beef up Makati police-A A +A
Sunday, July 13, 2014
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will allocate 346 rookie police officers and four non-uniformed personnel (NUP) to the Makati City Police to further enhance its operational capability following the occurrence of several untoward incidents in the country's financial center.
PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said Friday that at present, only 665 personnel are assigned to ensure the peace and order in an area with a current population of 529,039.
Makati also has an estimated transient daytime population of 4.7 million concentrated in the city’s Central Business District.
“It gives an unideal police to population ratio of 1:796, far from the ideal ratio of 1 policeman to 500 individuals,” he said.
Among the recent crime incidents in Makati was the snatching of a pricey gold bracelet along Barangay Bangkal and the robbery inside a house in Barangay Kasilawan wherein P10-million worth of property was stolen.
Hold-up incidents along Chino Roces Avenue have not been prevented as well because there are no policemen near the area.
In response, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay ordered the city police chief, Senior Superintendent Manuel Lukban, to make his men more visible in the streets.
Sindac said the PNP leadership remains responsive to the perennial concern of shortage of police personnel not only in Metro Manila but throughout the country as well.
With a national population of 100 million and a total troop strength of only 148,000 personnel, the nominal police to population ratio is currently pegged at 1:675, less than 200 shy of the ideal ratio of 1:500.
"The numbers have not drastically changed over the past two decades, but certainly, there had been marked improvements due to radical initiatives in terms of recruitment, deployment, and human resource development to fully optimize every available warm body for police operations," Sindac said.
He said the PNP is strictly implementing the policy of 15-85 percent deployment of police personnel to maximize availability of personnel for actual law enforcement and public safety operations. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)