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Information communication technology an important tool in crime fighting — PNP chief

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, July 11 – In line with efforts to increase its crime solution efficiency, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Nicanor Bartolome on Tuesday said they are tapping information communication technology (ICT) and its allied sciences in their ongoing war against criminal elements and syndicates.

"We will continue to keep up with the times through the efforts of the (PNP) Information Technology Management Service (ITMS). We recognize the value of ICT as an important and strategic resource," Bartolome said.

The PNP chief revealed that the PNP is now utilizing technology in promoting greater transparency, efficiency in police operations and administration.

At present, Bartolome said that the PNP is monitoring the implementation of five ICT projects namely the PNP data warehouse system, the e-blotter, e-warrant, e-rogue gallery and document management system.

The ICT projects are part of the integrated transformation program or performance governance system which we now call Patrol Plan 2013, he said, adding the PNP seeks to build up our equipage and turn into reality our ICT based-capability enhancement projects.

He added that they are being aided in this endeavor by their foreign partners which include the French, American, Australian and Japanese law enforcement agencies.

"Our goal (with this partnership) is to effectively combat cyber crimes," the PNP chief said.

He also said that such alliances are needed as the above-mentioned crimes are rising in frequency worldwide.

As this develops, Bartolome said that the PNP Cybercrimes Division, which is under the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, was able to handle 1,339 cases for forensic and digital examination since its establishment in 2003.

"Moreover, regional digital forensic laboratories are being established in different regions to help address the needs of our operating units in terms of cyber crimes investigation and digital evidence examination and analysis, he said.

Bartolome said it also has the capability to provide immediate technical support to units in preservation and collection of electronic and digital evidence. (PNA)

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