PNP chief wants 3-minute response scheme institutionalized

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

May 5, 2023, 3:19 pm

<p><em>(PNA photo by Lloyd Caliwan)</em></p>

(PNA photo by Lloyd Caliwan)

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. on Friday urged regional commanders to replicate the Quezon City Police District’s (QCPD) Integrated Command Control Center (ICCC) which ensures a three-minute response time (3MRT) of police personnel to crime incidents.

Acorda said he will see to it that this will happen under his leadership as part of his crime prevention and solution strategies.

“The good thing that I want to be adopted by other cities and municipalities is the command center of the QCPD [Quezon City Police District] wherein they have that three-minute response. I was impressed by the visit in QCPD,” Acorda said in his speech during his command visit at National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

The ICCC is a state-of-the-art facility that aims to achieve the 3MRT where police personnel are located at fixed points or nearby areas for any reported crime incidents.

“If we can do that in the whole area of Metro Manila wherein the event of an incident, our police can immediately respond, then I think our crime prevention will be strengthened,” he added.

Acorda also outlined his five-focused agenda, which will guide the NCRPO toward a more effective and efficient police force.

The agenda includes aggressive and honest law enforcement operations, personnel morale and welfare, integrity enhancement, ICT development and community engagement.

He also assured the NCRPO of his commitment to intensify efforts against criminality, drugs, insurgency, terrorism, and corruption through proactive policing and intelligence-driven operations.

Acorda also commended the men and women of the NCRPO for their unwavering dedication and hard work in ensuring the safety and security of the community during recent major events such as the Labor Day celebration, Holy Week observance, and ongoing summer vacation.

"Your unwavering commitment to your duties is highly commendable, and I want to express my gratitude for your service to our country.

Acorda also underscored the importance of maintaining the good image of the NCRPO.

“I know how it was to be assigned here at the NCRPO. You endure sleepless nights and being away from your families. But with your dedication, you give all your time and make sacrifices to maintain the image of the NCRPO as the show window of the PNP. I do believe that if the NCRPO is doing a good job, it will reflect on the whole country,” said Acorda.

The PNP chief challenged NCRPO personnel to perform better as he emphasized that their accomplishments or failures reflect the image of the organization in the country.

He said all the cops should conduct “aggressive and honest law enforcement operations” especially in eliminating the illegal drugs menace.

“Please help me to really bring out the true image of the respectable, hones police officer,” he told NCRPO personnel.

He also emphasized the importance of a unified and collaborative approach towards nation-building, rallying behind his call for "Serbisyong Nagkakaisa".

He further stressed the importance of community engagement, which will foster a good relationship between the police and the public. He highlighted that the police must show care and courtesy to the people they serve, and there should be proper supervision of commanders to ensure proper police operations.

The country’s top cop also reminded everyone to uphold merit and fitness and to serve with no other agenda.

He expressed his confidence that the NCRPO personnel will continue to serve with excellence and uphold the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Meanwhile, Acorda said he will coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos regarding the results of the evaluation of 953 third-level police officers who filed courtesy resignations as part of an internal cleansing to weed out those involved in the illegal drug trade.

“We will come up with a common press statement with the DILG Secretary (Benjamin Abalos). We will compare notes and whatever is the result of the fact-finding and our SITG [Special Investigation Task Group], then we will see what the total effect of the reports will be,” Acorda said. (PNA)