Verzosa: Only cops can use PNP uniform
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (5 February) -- Director General Jesus Verzosa of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is calling for the exclusive use of police uniforms by PNP men.
According to PNP Spokesman Nicanor Bartolome, Verzosa has already ordered for a review on the exclusivity on the use of police uniforms.
The order came after it has been observed that some students, particularly Criminology students, are using the same fabric being used in police uniforms.
Bartolome, in the PNP online news, revealed that communications have already been sent to the Philippine Educators Association for Criminology Education (PEACE) as well as to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) informing them of said observation.
He said that dialogues between the PNP and concerned deans of different universities will be continuing until the matter is resolved resolved.
Meanwhile, he stressed that Section 2 of Executive Order No. 297 provides that "the use of PNP uniforms, insignias and other accoutrements by any person who is not a member of the uniformed Philippine National Police personnel is prohibited."
Bartolome also revealed that the penalty of arresto mayor shall be imposed upon any person who shall publicly and improperly make use of insignias, uniforms or dress pertaining to an office not held by such person or by a class of persons of which he is not a member as specified under Article 179, Chapter II of the Revised Penal Code.
He added that aside from the Intellectual Property Rights acquired by the PNP over the uniform's fabric and design, the PNP is also protecting the safety of the students.
He said that students wearing the police uniform could be mistaken as real cops by some criminal elements or insurgent groups particularly the New People's Army (NPA).
Bartolome emphasized that "while we appreciate the help and assistance of Criminology students as force multipliers in our public safety and law enforcement operations, the PNP has a moral obligation to protect the students from harm." (PIA) [top]