Police now must give public copy of report on complaints

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said all police stations are now required to furnish a complainant a copy of the incident report on his complaint.

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According to the PNP chief information officer, Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, complainants should always ask for a copy of the Incident Report Form (IRF) from the police station where they filed their complaints.

“The PNP is encouraging the public to secure their IRFs after reporting a crime to the police stations,” Sindac said in a statement on Friday.

The police official added that the issuance of the IRFs to the public is among the latest directives from the PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima.

The IRF, according to Sindac, is to be filled out by the complainant, who will narrate the incident and have it recorded in the police blotter.

He said the IRFs will be uploaded to the Crime Incident Reporting system database, which now becomes the first document to be included in the case folder.

“The IRF becomes an official document once it is signed by investigators and the reporting and the information contained [there]will be immediately recorded in the police blotter,” Sindac added.

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