PH Police Commission approves expansion of national police

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THE Philippine National Police Commission recently approved the creation of five additional battalions of specially trained policemen to beef up the operational capability of state security forces.

In a statement, the NAPOLCOM said five new battalions will be added to the existing seven battalions of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force to augment its capability to curb criminality and terrorism. The increase is in compliance with the recent directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.  A battalion has between 300 to 1,000 men.

According to its website, the PNP currently has 170,000 police officers. to beef up and enhance the operational capability of the PNP SAF in curbing criminality and terrorism.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said the Commission approved the strengthening of the PNP-SAF last February 2 under Resolution No. 2018-027, based on the recommendation of the PNP.

After a review of the PNP’s proposal, the Commission approved the creation of five (5) additional SABs in order to effectively carry out the mandate of the PNP to actively support the Armed Forces of the Philippines in internal security operations for the suppression of insurgency and other serious threats to national security pursuant to Executive Order No. 546, series 2006,” Casurao said.

The Special Action Battalions are tasked to conduct long-range reconnaissance/surveillance operations deep into enemy territories through infiltration and extrication by air, land or sea. They are also mandated to provide support to other PNP units in their efforts to fight against syndicated crime groups.

On the same day, the NAPOLCOM en banc also issued Resolution No. 2018-025 approving the restructuring of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in order to achieve a highly organized investigative unit of the PNP.

The Commission likewise approved the renaming of the Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Units (RCIDUs) to CIDG Regional Field Units (CIDG RFUs).

The PNP CIDG is mandated to undertake monitoring, investigation and prosecution of all crimes involving economic sabotage, and other crimes of such magnitude and extent as to indicate their commission by highly placed and professional syndicates and organizations.

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