By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now revising its operation and investigation procedures to protect policemen from the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) amid the continuous rise of law enforcers infected by the virus.
PNP Chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said the safety of policemen was thoroughly discussed during the recent command conference, what with the COVID figures that shows eight policemen already succumbed to the virus out of the 499 who were infected.
“Law enforcement operations during the 75-day Enhanced Community Quarantine period and the continuing General Community Quarantine (GCQ) have exposed our police personnel to the risk of infection,” said Gamboa.
During the conference, he said it was agreed that they will revise the PNP First Responders’ Manual to fit the new normal wherein primordial concern is focused on protecting law enforcers from the coronavirus.
This involves the observance of minimum health standards in a crime scene, modified duty rotation of mobile and beat patrollers, orientation of safety health safety protocols, and proper use of protective equipment.
Gamboa also disclosed that a Revised Manual for Police Investigators is also being finalized to train their personnel and make them get used to investigative tools and technology not only minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus but also to enhance capacity to solve and monitor cases, serve court processes and harmonize the functions of the criminal justice system.
Based on the latest PNP data, a total of 661 policemen are considered as probable cases of COVID-19 while 85 are classified as suspected COVID-9 cases.