• PNP wants a database of people arrested for criminal offenses


    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) proposes the setting up of a nation-wide database of people that have been arrested or booked by the police for criminal offenses, whether it’s heinous or petty crimes.

    Director General Alan Purisima, PNP chief, said that the establishment of a nationwide database of criminals will also help authorities in determining the real extent of the problem of illegal-drugs in the country.

    “Actually, that’s one of the thing we exactly wanted to know…we have seen lots of crimes, especially heinous crimes, were perpetrators are under the influence of drugs,” Purisima told reporters in Camp Crame.

    But, the PNP chief said that one of the hindrances in determining the extent of drug problem in the country is that police are only allowed to conduct mandatory-drug test on persons arrested on drug offenses.

    “Based on police procedures… we should [conduct]drug test to all that we have arrested to see if the crimes were indeed committed under influence of drugs,” Purisima said.

    The PNP chief said that presently they are now allowed to subject all those arrested for criminal offense to a mandatory drug test except for those who were arrested because of drug cases.

    “We are studying the possibility of including in our police procedures that a drug test should be conducted mandatorily to all persons who are brought inside police stations for questioning,” Purisima said.

    But, the PNP chief explained that people that were only invited for questioning by the police will not be subjected to mandatory drug test.

    “But, if they will be book [for crime]they are now suspects and hopefully from then on we will have a mandatory requirement to check their [arrested criminal offenders]health conditions,” Purisima said.

    The PNP chief said that aside from health or drug test persons arrested for criminal offenses will also be subjected test on presence of liquor, fingerprint, photo and DNA testing.

    “Most probably we should also include DNA testing so that we will have a database of people who are or have been arrested for something,” Purisima said. ANTHONY VARGAS


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