• National database to help fight crime

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    A lawmaker has suggested the creation of a central database for crime-related information as part of government campaign to intensify anti-crime efforts.

    Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) urged the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to establish a National Crime Information System (NCIS).

    “It’s about time that the DILG and PNP institutionalize the NCIS that will assist law enforcers in going after known criminals. The NCIS will also serve as the central data base to which new information about organized crime groups are added to keep it updated and relevant to the needs of law enforcement units,” Gatchalian, a former mayor, said.

    The PNP reported that kidnap-for-ransom cases in August 2014 rose slightly from 31 to 38 nationwide year-on-year, he added.

    The NCIS aims to assist law enforcers in apprehending fugitives, locating missing persons, locating and returning stolen property and generating statistical data on crimes and criminals as well protecting law enforcement officers encountering the individuals listed in the system.

    The NCIS is an index of crime and criminal justice information, including criminal record, fugitives, stolen property and wanted and missing persons, that is readily accessible to law enforcement units.

    It will also include information on crimes from other anti-crime agencies such as the National Bureau of Investigation, Gatchalian said.

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