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Philippines to Modernise Police Force
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: Philippines
Created: Aug 13, 2013

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) yesterday released a Php2.86 billion (US$ 62.6 million) budget for the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Operational Transformation Plan for the fiscal year 2013, which aims to support and improve PNP’s crime prevention efforts nationwide

 

According to DBM Secretary Florencio Abad the release will cover the repair and maintenance of police supplies and the procurement of mission-essential equipment for mobility, firepower, communication, and investigation.

 

In particular, a percentage will be allotted for the improvement of the Firearms Identification System (FIS), which was designed to enhance police investigative capabilities on firearms-related cases.

 

The FIS digitally captures microscopic features of a bullet’s surface and cartridge cases, stores them, performs automatic computer-based comparisons and analysis of the images, and ranks them according to the likelihood of the match.

 

With the FIS in place, firearm examiners are then able to employ their specialised skills in performing microscopic comparisons of high-confidence candidates. Although it is virtually impossible to manually search an entire ballistic database for a match, FIS can generate candidate lists of probable matches of a suspect bullet or cartridge against the ballistic database in a matter of minutes, depending on the volume of the database.

 

“Ensuring sustained and inclusive development will also depend on the government’s ability to facilitate peace and order in the country. We still have a lot of work to do toward bringing greater security to our communities, especially in areas where crime and violence are a systemic problem. This latest release will support and better capacitate our police force, allowing us to safeguard our people and make our crime prevention efforts more strategic and efficient,” Abad said. 

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