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Arresting criminals

  • Written by Peoples Tonight
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EVERYDAY, law enforcement authorities capture dozens of criminals and other wanted persons, including illegal recruiters, in various parts of the country with the help of modern technology and a cooperative community.
   
In the past, a few criminals may have managed to hoodwink arresting officers. But today, with dramatic advances of information technology and a new crop of dedicated lawmen, there are happy reasons to expect the best in the days ahead.
   
Records show that since last week, crack operatives of the revitalized Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have arrested nearly 100 wanted persons throughout the country. 
   
“We are relying on the dramatic advances of information technology and the expertise of our highly-qualified men in tracking down wanted criminals and terrorists,” said PNP-CIDG chief Director Benjamin B. Magalong.
   
Director Magalong, a lawyer, attributed the success of the nationwide campaign against wanted criminals to the creation of the Case Management Section (CMS), which is being supervised by the CIDG’s Intelligence Division.
   
Established early last year, the CMS manages a database of various information about criminals and other wanted persons, particularly their personal information, fingerprints and photographs, arrested across the country.
   
The database also contains other relevant data such as the name of the apprehending officer, the status of the case and the place where the case has been filed.
   
By setting up the CMS, the PNP-CIDG is on track in addressing the increasing number of wanted persons in the metropolis and other parts of this developing Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people.
   
The program, which is designed to centralize all vital information, enables different CIDG field offices/units to easily identify suspects or arrested persons through the fingerprints archived in the database, according to Magalong.
   
The CMS’ help has been tapped by the newly-formed Major Crimes Investigation Unit (MCIU) of the PNP-CIDG in arresting most wanted persons involved in kidnapping, robbery-holdup and gun-for-hire activities.
   
This, in the view of many, is ample proof that the PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope, is determined to rid the country of criminals as part of government efforts to step up the tempo of socio-economic development even in far-flung communities.