24,300 wanted persons arrested in 2011 — PNP PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 January 2012 17:27

A total of 24,300 wanted persons were arrested by police units as the Philippine National Police (PNP) pressed manhunt operations in 2011 for persons wanted by the law for involvement in criminal cases.

Those arrested include 102 suspects listed in the Top Most Wanted roster with monetary reward offered for information leading to their arrest.
In 2011, there were 297 wanted persons who yielded peacefully to authorities while nine others resisted arrest and were slain as a result.

PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome has listed Accounting of Wanted Persons and Service of Warrants as 6th item in his 10-point action program as chief of the 140,000-strong PNP.

Citing operational accomplishments posted by the PNP in 2011, Bartolome said continuing police operations would be mounted in 2012 to account for more criminal offenders wanted by the law.

Each year, the PNP receives an average of 40,000 Warrants of Arrest from the different branches of the judiciary.

The backlog of un-served court processes that have accumulated over the years is the subject of continuing law enforcement efforts by the PNP, thru computer-aided anti-crime methods designed to assist police units in monitoring and documentation of court processes and records of wanted persons.

According to PNP Spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., the PNP expects to interconnect all police units in the country thru a nationwide electronic network linked to a national database of wanted persons, arrested criminal offenders, and other crime records.

Access of PNP units to the e-blotter, e-warrant and e-rogue database networks are expected to enhance efforts to account for more wanted persons and crime offenders by as much as 1,700 most wanted persons every month, Cruz said.

Last year, 967 suspects, belonging to 203 organized crime groups, were rounded-up in separate police operations, mainly thru the efforts of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and other police Operational Support Units. The 967 arrested suspects yielded 149 various types of firearms.