90 cops relieved, face raps for underreporting crimes
MANILA -- Ninety policemen have been relieved and are facing administrative charges for under-reporting crimes in their areas of jurisdiction.
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), a regional director, 8 provincial directors and 81 station commanders and their men were included in the list.
The PNP admitted many police officers resorted to underreporting crimes in their jurisdiction to paint a good image with their superiors.
In 2013, the total crime volume reached 1,033,833.
But in 2012, the total number of crimes reported were only 277,812. From this, 21.5 percent was physical injuries, 14 percent theft, 5 percent robbery, 1 percent carjacking, 0.62 percent homicide, and 0.88 percent murder.
The PNP's Directorate and Investigative Management said these numbers are erroneous, thus the reason for the relief of the policemen.
The police force is now in the process of making reforms in their blotter system to prevent erroneous reports.