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Napolcom-7 says PNP image getting better

Cebu City (25 June) -- Policemen today are more disciplined, well-trained and their approach in solving crimes are based more on scientific methods which has generally contributed to the improvement of the police image.

National Police Commission (Napolcom-7) Assistant Regional will celebrate its 15th Police Community Relations (PCR) Month in July.

Concepcion said the PCR observance started in 1996 basically aimed at enhancing police image to gain support from the community in their functions.

The police had always stressed that crime prevention is everybody's concern and that the active involvement of the community and the various sectors are crucial in the maintenance of peace and order.

Concepcion said law enforcers do not only limit themselves to law enforcement but also involve themselves in the socio-economic concerns of the community.

"The job of the police likewise includes being social workers as they are also called ambassadors of the streets. We want to adopt a community-oriented policy system to better relations between the police and the community they serve," according to Concepcion.

PRO-7 PCR Division Deputy Chief P/Supt. Aaron Recla on the other hand, said all police units are required to display the banner on the PCR Celebration starting July 1 to hype awareness on the importance of the partnership between the police and the community in making a better and peaceful environment.

Recla said activities in line for the month-long observance include a holy mass and motorcade to kick off the celebration, presentation of the evolution of the police, seminar on crime prevention in schools and barangays and the distribution of whistles to students to aid them in seeking assistance in case of emergencies during crime incidents and livelihood training on skills enhancement to aid police personnel gain additional income among others.

Lapulapu City Police Office Director S/Supt. Mariano Natuel Jr. meanwhile said the PNP's Transformation Program has significantly contributed to the great improvement of the police's image from negative to positive.

Natuel said that in a conference he attended at the national headquarters in Manila, the Transformation Program was presented and its impact in furthering the PNP public image.

"The PNP Transformation Program has effectively served its purpose to transform the image of the police from negative to positive as rated by the general community and supported by statistics" Natuel emphasized.

Natuel however, said he did not have the data but that the PNP image today is much better compared in previous years. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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