Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group to replace PNP-CITF

A NFW Philippine National Police unit called the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) is set to emerge to take over the functions of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force which is soon to be deactivated, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Pursuant to National Police Commission Resolution No. 2019-149 issued last February 22, the PNP National Headquarters activated on the same day the PNP-IMEG which shall be responsible for information gathering and conduct of offensive operation against erring PNP personnel. PNP-CITF commander, Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. will still head the new PNP unit.

As planned, the PNP-CITF which was activated on February 23, 2017 shall be deactivated upon approval of the General Order for the creation of the PNP-IMEG by PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde. Consequently, the human resource, equipment, records, funds and other resources of the CITF shall be transferred to the IMEG.

Specifically, the PNP-IMEG shall conduct intelligence build-up and law enforcement operations against PNP personnel who are believed to be involved or protecting any illegal activities such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, financial crimes, cybercrime, malversation, pilferage, graft and corrupt practices, security violations and others.

The PNP Directorate for Plans headed by Major General Jonas B. Calleja said that consistent with the provisions of the NHQ-PNP Circular No. DPL-03-02 entitlted ‘Specific Authority Delegade to the Directorial Staff’ and issued on October 26, 2003, the PNP Director for Intelligence shall exercise functional authority over the Integrity and Anti-Corruptin Group.

As such, the PNP Director for Intelligence who is under the PNP Deputy Chief for Operations has the power to control specified processes, practices and other matters of the said Group.

As planned, the PNP-IMEG shall perform seven functions. 1st is to receive complaint and information against erring personnel and conduct relevant information-gathering activities; 2nd, to detect and conduct intelligence build-up on the involvement of PNP personnel in illegal activities, acts of graft and corruption and other crimes for the conduct of prompt counter-measures. 3rd to initiate law enforcement operations against rogue police personnel; 4th to prepare and update the watchlist of undesirable PNP personnel; 5th to prepare and submit special and other relevant reports regarding undesirable PNP personnel. 6th to conduct Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) to include threat assessment, complete and partial background investigation to erring PNP personnel in coordination and in collaboration with the Regional Intelligence Divisions of the 17 Police Regional Offices and other concerned units; and 7th, to perform other tasks as directed by the Chief, PNP.

The PNP-IMEG will be headed by a Director with the rank of a Police Colonel while his Command Group: Deputy Director for Administration and Operations and Chief of Staff will also have the rank of Colonel.

It will maintain five Divisions namely the Administrative and Resource Management Division, Intelligence Division, operations Management and Plans Division, Investigation and Detection Division and Legal Division which will be headed by a Police Colonel.

It will also maintain units in Luzon specifically based in Metro Manila, Visayas based in Cebu City and Mindanao based in Zamboanga City. The PNP-IMEG will also have a complement of 306 uniformed personnel including 55 Commissioned Officers and will be supported by a 72-man company from the elite PNP Special Action Force.

The PNP leadership said that personnel to be assigned or detailed with the IMEG shall be subjected to an extensive background investigation and screening/vetting process to include neuropsychiatric examination. Preferably, they should be graduates of intelligence courses or seminars.