Increased ‘police visibility’ inside Camp Crame
Observers at the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City says there is a need for the PNP leadership to reduce the number of policemen, particularly new recruits at the force’s main office, by deploying or distributing them to the various districts in the metropolis.
At Camp Crame, you can see many of them just toiling in and around of their offices doing nothing and just waiting for their duty, which is from 8a.m. to 5p.m., to end and go home.
The camp has three gates, two at Boni Serrano and one at Edsa. And in these areas, you can see a number of policemen manning the gates, more numerous than those you see in military camps.
Inside the camp, you can also see a number of policemen, those coming from the PNP Headquarters Support Services (HSS) stationed in various parts of the camp who pretend to look busy but are actually just standing there doing nothing.
In many instances, some of them have become virtual “parking boys” and security guards and at times “kadena boys” who place tire locks to illegally parked vehicles.
These police officers, with ranks of Police Officers I and 2, are college graduates and have passed Napolcom and other government exams to be officers, yet they are being deployed inside the camp doing measly jobs.
At the PNP HQ main building, a number of a PO1s and PO2s are manning entrance gates and front doors of officers’ offices, doing the function of a security guard.
For a college graduate and civil service eligible, those jobs are demeaning for them for they are doing jobs like those of a security guard.
In the various parking spaces available inside the camp, you can see uniformed PO1s and PO2s from the HSS looking for and trying to install tire locks from illegally parked vehicles.
At times, they act assist visitors/drivers on how to properly park their cars, a job fit for a parking boy that one sees in the side streets of Timog and Tomas Morato in Quezon City.
Those assigned at the camp’s three main gates also appear to be doing jobs that are at best left to blue guards whom the PNP officials can replace anytime they want if they fail to perform their jobs.
Why can’t the PNP leadership think of just employing the services of security guards to do such kind of jobs inside the camp and deploy the policemen therein into the various districts of Metro Manila to augment their lack of manpower?
As they say, Metro Manila and other urban areas of the country needs police visibility to deter crime, and these men assigned at Camp Crame should be deployed in those areas.
I remember the time in my younger years when policemen in Manila, then called patrolmen, are doing the rounds, ‘buddy-buddy” system, conducting public relations in their assigned areas on a daily basis.
They visit every barangay under their jurisdiction, know more personally the officials and people therein, and know and detect those who are criminals or involved in criminal activities.
Gone are the days when you will see policemen conducting “buddy-buddy” patrol system in their assigned areas. They have become reactionary, just like their military counterparts. They move out of their
offices only if there is a local peace and order problem reported to them.
The PNP was created supposedly to be “national in scope and civilian in character.” But in many police offices, even those in Metro Manila, the officers who lead them are military-trained former Philippine Constabulary officers.
Their mindset, just like in their early years in the service, is like that of a mobile military force and would not stay long in their assigned areas. Thus, there’s no need for them to establish friendly or harmonious relationships with people around them.
For feedback and comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Romie Evangelista