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Electronic warrants,
rouge galleries set

The Police Regional Office 6 will implement the electronic warrant and rogue gallery systems, that aim to fast-track police action against wanted persons among police units in Western Visayas.

Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, regional police director of Western Visayas, said the electronic warrant systems will provide easy and fast access of arrest warrants to all police units in the region.

Cruz said the warrants accessed through the system, though not original, will be a digital copy, will facilitate the apprehension of a suspect because of knowledge by the arresting officer that a warrant is pending for his arrest.

He added that the credibility of the new system is guaranteed under Section 7, Rule 113 of the Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure.

The Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management recently initiated a training on new electronic tools to police investigators of units in the region.

In support of the electronic warrant, Cruz said they will also launch soon the electronic rogues' gallery of wanted persons in Western Visayas.

He said it will provide every police station access to data on criminals, including pictures. Through this, Cruz added, records of an individual or suspect wanted for a crime in one locality can be instantly accessed by a police station in another, with just a click of their fingers on the system.

Since January, the PRO6 had also launched its electronic blotter system, which replaced the “mano-mano (manual)” system on incidents reporting. It also promotes paperless reporting and provides quick and reliable transmission of crime information.

Cruz said the innovation will be a very vital tool in police work, especially in crime prevention and investigation.*GPB

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