Guards, gun shooters as PNP force multipliers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:34

With the aim of fighting criminality and promote peace in the community, the Police Regional Office-9 under Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, Philippine Practical shooting Association (PPSA) and the Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators (PADPAO), entered into a memorandum of understating yesterday making security guards under PADPAO and members of the PPSA force multipliers of the PNP.

The memorandum was signed by Estilles, Mr. Nixon Go of the PPSA and Mr. Danilo Carreon of the PADPAO.

Estilles stressed that the MOU will serve as agreement with the police and the two agencies to work hand in hand to bring peace in the region.

He added that the PNP will train the security guards and place them in a proper seminar to educate them on how to face and handle eventualities.

Under the MOU, Estilles said security guards are authorized to arrest persons who are about to commit a crime or who has just committed a crime near their area of jurisdiction where they are detailed.

“They can use their reasonable force,” said Estilles.

Aside from security guards, Estilles said that even ordinary civilian can make the so-called “citizen arrest” or anybody can hold any individual whom they have knowledge of having criminal offense.

“We expect they (security guards) can contribute something to the police in preventing and solving crimes,” Estilles added.

He said that considering the limited number of PNP personnel, there is an impending need to activate and add force multipliers from the community.

The PNP recognized the role of private security personnel as force multipliers in law enforcement and intends to utilize them to assist in the performance of police duties as provided for in section 11 of the Republic Act 5487.

The PPSA Area 10 recognizes their social responsibility in the maintenance of peace and order committed itself to extend their efforts and resources and shall encourage its members and gun clubs in region wide to offer and share their expertise in training private security personnel in responsible gun handling and safety, gun proficiency and firing.

The PADPAO 9 has committed in their responsibilities and obligations to the community, and has accepted the lawful duty of the security guards to assist of the state to ensure the safety and security of the nation.

The MOU was signed in the presence of Sr. Supt. Ramon Ochotorena, DRDO, Sr. Supt. Robert Roy Bahian, ROPD, Mr. Joselito Nuevo, NROI-area coordinator, retired Chief Insp. Antonio Clarito, GSR-GOS instructor and retired Chief Insp. Antonio Montebon, vice president of PSA, PADPAO9 chapter.– Dan Toribio Jr.