Bicol PNP prepares for e-blotter implementation

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Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda (2nd from right) presides over the Operation Pacific Angel 12-1 a joint and combined humanitarian mission program conducted by U.S. Pacific Command in the Pacific area. Other photo shows (R-L) Col. Arthur P. Ang, PA; PRO-5 Regional Dir. PCSupt. Arne M. de Los Santos and Ltc. Michael Black of US-PAC, during the news conference held at Office of Civil Defense Regional Office V, Legazpi City, last February 27, 2012. PHOTO BY ALEX CAL
Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda (2nd from right) presides over the Operation Pacific Angel 12-1 a joint and combined humanitarian mission program conducted by U.S. Pacific Command in the Pacific area. Other photo shows (R-L) Col. Arthur P. Ang, PA; PRO-5 Regional Dir. PCSupt. Arne M. de Los Santos and Ltc. Michael Black of US-PAC, during the news conference held at Office of Civil Defense Regional Office V, Legazpi City, last February 27, 2012. PHOTO BY ALEX CAL

LEGAZPI CITY (26-March-2012/PNA) – Policemen in Bicol are undergoing training on the new Crime Incident Reporting System (CIRS) in preparation for the implementation in the region of the e-Blotter project of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Chief Supt. Jose Arne de los Santos, the police regional director on Monday said separate training sessions are being conducted in each of the six provinces of the region covering 107 municipalities and seven cities.

Each of the local police stations in these towns and cities would have at least two personnel attending the training that would familiarize them with computer operations and the e-Blotter software that would be used in the new recording system which is meant to modernize data storage in police stations, he said.

The e-Blotter or the electronic blotter system also known as the CIRS does not only facilitate crime documentation, but will also present quick and reliable transmission of crime information from the police stations to the regional offices and to the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, De los Santos said.

Once fully implemented in the region and all over the country, the system will facilitate fast, easy and paperless recording of crime information using the computer machine. Through the Internet, other police stations and higher headquarters could access such information for proper coordination and police action.

It is a “cost-free” project since the software is developed locally by the programmers of the PNP’s Information Technology Management Service (ITMS) and shall be installed into the desktop of every police station and unit, he explained.

A project of Police Director Nicanor Bartolome, the incumbent PNP chief and launched late last year, the CIRS, De los Santos said is one way of enhancing the crime reporting system in the country for effective law enforcement, which requires comprehensive, adequate and timely information on crimes.

“We are seeing to it that all PNP units across the Bicol region will be interconnected with the E-blotter system within this year,” the regional police chief said.

The project is designed as a stand-alone system that will be installed in all police stations as means of reporting and monitoring all crime incidents that transpired within the respective areas, as well as results and records of investigation.

While the traditional police blotter is a recognized symbol of the police journal of crime incidents, the e-Blotter presents accuracy in crime date documentation, reliability in storage and hassle-free transmission of data of all police reports, De los Santos said.

He also explained that it is an effective management tool for decision makers and security strategists to have an easy and intelligent way of mapping out peace and order and anti-criminality strategies in their areas.

Its main goal is to get a daily update on what is really happening on the ground, particularly in every police station.“This is vital in mapping out strategies for quick response and crime prevention,” De los Santos said.

“We are banking on the help of the Internet in this project that would facilitate easy and fast reporting system,” he said.

The E-blotter system in is part of the PNP modernization program and its effort to enhance the skills of its personnel apart from developing their competencies.

He, however, said that due to the lack of Internet connection in most precincts, police will have to relay data in computers with Internet connection outside police stations.

With the new system, the PNP hopes to solve its data backlog problem, De los Santos said had plagued the national police organization. Using the manual blotter system however will continue.

Another modernization plan of the PNP which is currently on the drawing table is the innovative E-warrant or Electronic Warrant System.

Under the plan, all that a policeman tasked to arrest a wanted person anywhere in the country needs to do is click on a link in the Internet and presto, he can print a copy of the warrant of arrest.

The system is expected to contribute further to the accounting of wanted persons anywhere in the country since wanted criminals are known to transfer in a place where they cannot be easily recognized and where they can earn a living.

The PNP leadership is also putting up an E-rogue system or the Electronic Rogues Gallery database wherein the photo gallery of wanted criminals and other suspected law offenders will be posted for easy reference by investigators and tracker teams, De los Santos added. (PNA)

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