By Jean Fernando
The Pasay City Peace and Order Council approved a resolution to fund the local police with their SMART policing project in the amount of P6.9-million for a fast and efficient response to the needs of the community for police assistance.
Colonel Bernard Yang, Pasay City police chief, proposed the adoption of the digital and internet connectivity in solving crimes and install system that modernize the organization of the local police.
Yang said that he proposes to the Pasay City Peace and Order Council the SMART policing project after finding that the current set-up of command and control of the local police is very traditional and is time consuming that defeats the purpose of fast and efficient response to the needs of the community for police assistance.
He cited the need for CCTVs at the SMART Center since these will be very vital in every police organization in order to respond immediately for any eventuality that may arise in a community.
The SMART Center, through the planned installation of more CCTVs, will also determine which among the Police Community Precincts (PCPs) or police officers would be needed to immediately respond to reports of criminal incidents.
Considering that Pasay City is a center of the metropolis and, from time to time, host of different national and international events, Yang said there was a need for the installation of the e-Situation Mapping System aside for the deployment of troops which has already been a normal action from the police.
Yang explained that the e-Situation Mapping System will provide efficiency and sound operational direction and control over the 12 PCPs.
He also said that such tool will provide immediate appreciation of crime situation, fast intelligence sharing between the police headquarters and the PCP’s that will produce better results in decision making and planning appropriate action.
Meanwhile, Yang also wanted the Pasay City police to embark on a paperless communication with the 12 PCPs for the submission of different reports as the current setup of the communication relies heavily on the paper-based system like facsimile communication, which takes up significant amount of storage space and documents that are prone to lost and damage.
The city police chief explained that in paperless communication, electronic mail (E-mail) and Cloud Service are very efficient and useful in exchange of the paper-based system.
Yang said that the proposed system is a working environment in which use of paper and ink will be eliminated if not greatly reduced by sending reports through e-mail or Cloud Service and converting documents and other papers into digital form.
He added that going paperless can save money, space, make documentation and information sharing easier as well as keeping the information more secured.