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Roxas: 80,000 more cops needed

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be needing additional 80,000 policemen to improve police visibility, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said Wednesday.

The DILG Chief cited the need for the PNP to hire at least 80,000 new cops to ensure public safety and security as he defended their proposed P104.57-billion budget for 2015 before the House Committee on Appropriations.

He said there are 153, 157 policemen looking after the safety and security of 100 million Filipinos. Of the total number, 30,000 of whom are doing administrative duties.

Currently, the ratio of one policeman in every 700 individuals is being followed because PNP is “undermanned,” Roxas said.

“One [policeman] is to 500 [individuals] is the rule of thumb …and to arrive at this, we need an additional 80,000. We need this to improve police presence and visibility,” he said.

He told the panel that the PNP is hiring 10,000 new cops this 2014 and an additional 10,000 next year, who will be tapped for crime prevention.

“We really need more personnel,” Roxas stressed.

He expressed concern that they would not be able to hire additional 10,000 new personnel this year because of the “stringent requirements”.

National Police Commission executive director Eduardo Escueta said the “stringent” recruitment process made it difficult for the applicants to join the PNP.

He said the applicants who must be college graduates should pass neuropsychiatric and medical examinations and actual interviews.

He noted that only a few passed the PNP examinations.