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PNP remain ‘strong, united’–Verzosa

Posted by Abi Kwok on January 26, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 11:25:00 01/26/2009

MANILA, Philippines — The entire national police force remains “strong, united, and committed” to serve the public amid the controversies that the Philippine National Police (PNP) faced in 2008, Director General Jesus Verzosa said on Monday.

Speaking during the 18th PNP anniversary at Camp Crame, Verzosa said these issues, including the generals who had been linked to the scandal in Russia and who were later called the “Euro Generals” and the Parañaque shootout where five civilians were killed in the gunfight between police and alleged robbers, has led the PNP organization to take a “closer look into the organizational and operational dysfunctions of the police force and the immediate measures to address the same.”

Verzosa maintained that 2008 was a “good year. The lessons we learned now serve to fuel our energies as we move ahead to 2009.”

“We have set our sights in surpassing our achievements towards genuine transformation…for an effective, people friendly, service oriented, and human-rights driven organization,” Verzosa said.

He also said that the national police would be intensifying its operational procedures while strictly adhering to human rights.

Verzosa said that the PNP would be implementing “human rights policing” this year.

Other plans the PNP has for 2009 are: enhancing education, health service, and medical and legal assistance for all uniformed and non-uniformed personnel; upgrading of crime laboratory facilities; faster delivery of police services; and the launching of the “Lead PNP” award.

“Your national police force is doing its best to serve and protect the community. Despite the many trials and obstacles along the way, the men and women of the PNP remain united, strong, and committed to providing services,” Verzosa said.

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