Police commanders to bear brunt of subordinates’ acts

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    POLICE commanders will be relieved and charged administratively if there is a single case of indiscriminate firing of weapons in their areas of responsibility during the New Year revelry.

    The one-strike policy is meant to reduce the number of indiscriminate firing and stray bullet incident injuring during the celebration, according to PNP deputy chief for operations Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan.

    “Our ultimate target is to reduce the 33 incidents of indiscriminate firing and 12 cases of stray bullet injuries last year to zero this Christmas season,” Cascolan said in a press briefing in Camp Crame.

    Cascolan said commanders will be administratively charged “if they did not do their part in preventing or deterring our people from firing their guns.”

    He said that unlike in the past, the PNP will not tape the muzzle of the firearms of policemen, adding the police leadership trusts their men will not resort to indiscriminate firing of their weapons to welcome the New Year.

    “We have no directive but basically we will not do that (taping of muzzles of weapons) anymore because we trust to our people. It’s difficult not to trust our men,” said Cascolan.

    Cascolan added the police force has not received information about plans by any groups to sow violence during the Christmas season but nevertheless said policemen will be on alert.
    “None actually but we will always be on the alert,” said Cascolan, adding anti-criminality, anti-drugs and anti-terrorism operations will be sustained by the PNP during the holidays.

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