The United States has donated vehicles, communication equipment and bomb disposal protective gear to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a bid to improve the country’s operational capability against terrorism.
Among those donated were 18 sets of Cellebrite and 57 units of laptop computers were turned over to the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG) while 4 units of Ford Ranger, six units of Bomb Suit and five units Logo Scanner.
Veterinary Equipment and other materials that would be used for the renovation of PNP Explosive Ordnance Disposal K9 Group EOD/K9 were also given.
A unit of Ford Ranger, six units of Harris Radio, Tactical Medicine Kits, Crisis Response Team Equipment, Advance Crisis Response Team Equipment and First Response to Medical Stabilization Kits were donated to the Special Action Force.
The donations were made through the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (DS/T/ATA), led by Mr. Stephen Lesniak, Regional Security Officer of US Embassy.
The items were received PNP Logistics Director Police Major General Angelito A Casimiro.
“We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the United States for yet another gesture of generosity and for unwavering support to the PNP. These police equipment will surely beef-up the counter-terrorism capabilities of the PNP”, said Casimiro.
“While the security and welfare of the people rely in the number of police officers in the field, we are also putting more teeth to better deliver efficient and effective police service across the country with the help of our stakeholders and partners like the US Embassy. Thus, this kind of gesture strengthens the capacity of every police officer by upgrading their equipment for effective police operations”, he added.
Through a Deed of Donation instrument, the donated equipment have been officially recorded in the PNP Property Book as PNP-owned equipment.