By Aaron Recuenco
With over 10,000 police officers assigned as security escorts, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief wants the Judiciary to have its own security force tasked to guard judges, prosecutors, and other court officers.
Director-General Oscar Albayalde said over the weekend that if policemen are withdrawn from security duties to members of the Judiciary, the PNP would have additional manpower for operations, investigation, and other peace and order missions.
“A lot of policemen are detailed as security escorts so it would be beneficial for the PNP if they will have their own so that we could use these policemen to augment our personnel doing other law enforcement works,” said Albayalde.
The official also wants other Very Important Persons (VIPs) to secure the services of private security agencies in order to unburden the PNP with the duty of protecting them, instead of being used for more important law enforcement functions.
Citing PNP data, Albayalde said more than 10,000 policemen across the country are deployed as security escorts of public officials and other private individuals.
The PNP has more than 160,000 uniformed personnel but the figure is still way below the international standard on police to population ratio of one policeman for every 500 people.
“There are a lot of accredited private security agencies and even some of the VIPs are even tapping their services,” said Albayalde.