PNP chief reiterates directive for proper handling of police info PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:11

Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima on Wednesday reiterated his directive to all PNP units in the field on the proper procedures in handling and disclosure of information, particularly those involving operational data.

Purisima stressed the delineation of functions among personnel within police stations.

“Only police stations and operating units with inherent investigative mandate and functions to include all Criminal Investigations Units are authorized to entertain and investigate cases and only the Duty Desk officers of any police station are authorized to record incidents reported,” said Purisima.

The chief PNP also said that there should be no undue disclosure of operational data on investigations being conducted by the police.

To further enhance the communication capability of police units in handling major incidents, critical investigation and crisis situations, the PNP will hold another series of public information and media relations training for all chiefs of police starting with the National Capital Region.

Purisima has instructed the PNP-PIO to design a program of instruction and training module on media relations and public information for lower unit police commanders.

Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, chief of the PNP-PIO, said the training will include basic understanding on how to properly handle situations that require media relations and communication skills according to the letter and intent of the PNP media relations policy.

The training also aims to re-orient and motivate police officers to be cognizant of the importance of a good working relationship with the media with keen awareness of the limits of disclosure of information.

Sindac emphasized the PNP maintains a policy utmost transparency in releasing information and in obtaining them, particularly on matters of public interest.

Several police personnel from the Southern Police District (SPD) were sanctioned earlier for mishandling the mauling case of actor Vhong Navarro in Taguig City. (PNA)