Philippines: The Cordillera police director, Chief Superintendent Benjamin B. Magalong developed a GIS-based tool for more accurate crime analysis and internal security operation. The tool for crime-mapping and tracking criminals and other threat groups has been developed with the assistance and support of civilian engineers and students from different colleges and universities in the region.
In a report to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome, Magalong said the ‘E-Blotter’ and ‘Mobile Tracking System of Patrol Vehicles’ in the region are also incorporated in the GIS project to further improve the police’s response time on any incident. With the help of this new system, local patrol vehicles can be monitored for easier dispatch in any incident, accident or disaster-hit areas, Magalong added.
The Cordillera police director said the ‘Buddy System’ is also being strictly observed in the implementation of the police integrated patrol system in the region. Under the programme, at least two uniformed police officers patrol in tandem to provide much-needed police visibility as a deterrent to the commission of crime.
“These policemen-buddies are expected to take immediate action on emergency situations including the management of traffic in areas where they are posted,” noted Magalong.
Magalong further stated that enhancing policing capabilities of front-line service providers are also being done with the ‘Thinking Out of Regional Headquarters Project’ wherein police stations and units outside the Cordillera regional headquarters are given priority in terms of the distribution of much-needed equipment and improvement of facilities.