Public sees PNP need to improve discipline and visibility

THE LEADERSHIP of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday, March 6, vowed to enhance police discipline and visibility in response to a recent government survey.

According to a nationwide survey conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) last February, the public’s top suggestion for the police organization to improve its performance is to enhance its discipline and visibility.

“We strongly acknowledge and recognize the public outlook on the peace and order situation especially on the need to strenghten discipline among the ranks of the police,” said PNP Chief, Director General Raul Bacalzo in a statement.

More than half or about 55-percent of the survey respondents cited the need for the PNP to strengthen the discipline among the ranks of its personnel while 40-percent wanted the dismissal from the service of erring police personnel.

Police visibility was the second most common suggestion to improve the police’s performance with 49-percent of the respondents wanting more police presence and about 40-percent wanting more police foot patrol.

Meanwhile, the need to install CCTV was recommended by 28-percent of respondents, indicating the public acceptance of the system as an effective tool for crime prevention and control.

The need to strengthen discipline was one of the more prevalent suggestions of the residents of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao while the dismissal of erring cops was more prevalent in Luzon.

These suggestions were also more prevalent among the media, religious leaders, heads of government agencies, laborers, employees and the youth.

Residents of Visayas and Mindanao recommended more police patrols. This suggestion was also prevalent among the local officials, heads of government agencies, media, barangay folks and the youth.

The PNP said in a statement that the opinion survey on the crime situation was conducted by the PIA from February 11-12 in 51 provinces nationwide. It involved 1,160 respondents representing 10 sectors, which included the local officials, businessmen, religious, agricultural workers, labor, employees of government/private organizations, heads of government agencies, youth, media and barangay folks.

The same survey showed 72-percent of Filipinos finding their respective communities as safe. Anthony Vargas

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