PNP justifies hiring of security guards

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) over the weekend defended their move of hiring security guards at Camp Crame.

Ch. Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP public information officer, said the hiring of around 100 security guards meant an increase in police visibility in the streets.

“The benefit here is that our policemen will be now going back to the streets doing their foremost duties of serving and protecting our people,” Sindac said.

The PNP official further said that policemen were trained for investigation and law enforcement.


“We should use the right person for the right function… Security guards are trained for stationary jobs,” Sindac said.

Sindac added that P21 million has been allotted for the hiring of security guards, which will undergo public bidding headed by Deputy Dir. Gen. Felipe Roxas of the PNP Bids and Awards Committee.

”The hiring will go through the regular bidding and accounting process… We will make it as transparent as possible,” he said, adding that the PNP plans to hire only those who are of good professional standing and who were previously employed in embassies, hotels, and other known establishments.

At present, more than a hundred policemen are assigned to non-police functions such as manning the camp’s gates and serving as garbage truck drivers.

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  1. Rent-a-Cop . . .the practice of hiring private security guards to manned military camp entrance is nothing new. The practice was extensively used by the US Army at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan war when Military Police units were extensively deployed for battle front duties. Military Police personnel were so depleted that the Army decided to hire private security agency to manned Army bases gates across the country. The term rent-a-cop came into being.