THE Philippine National Police (PNP) are set to hire several private security guards to be deployed to secure the gates of Camp Crame and other police camps across the country.
PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima said on Thursday that the policemen that will be displaced by the civilian guards will be sent to the field and improve police visibility on the streets.
“That’s included in our approved budget for this year . . . we will be implementing that the soonest,” Purisima said.
The PNP chief said that a budget of P21 million had been allocated for the hiring of civilian security guards to man Camp Crame’s gates.
The move, the PNP chief explains is part of plan to increase police visibility and improve the police to population ratio.
At present, the police to population ratio stood at one policeman for every 1,300 people, which is above the ideal figure of one policeman for every 500 people.
In Camp Crame alone, there are more than a hundred policemen are assigned to man the gates and are performing a non-police duty or functions, such as serving as garbage truck drivers.