Thursday, March 27, 2014

PNP, BJMP sign agreement to increase counter terrorism capability

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 27): PNP, BJMP sign agreement to increase counter terrorism capability

To ensure establishing a good working relationship, particularly in sharing of information related to terrorism and transnational crimes, the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) signed an agreement to increase counter terrorism capability.

PNP Chief director general Alan La Madrid Purisima, and BJMP Officer-In-Charge and Jail Chief Superintendent Diony Dacanay Mamaril, graced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement together with other PNP and BJMP officers as witnesses in simple ceremonies held at PNP Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

In the said agreement, the PNP in coordination with the BJMP, shall come up with a comprehensive training program for its personnel on incident management, collection of information, case management and intelligence analysis through the Case Management and Intelligence System (CMIS).

Police director Charles T. Calima Jr., the PNP Director for Intelligence, said that the CMIS will serve as a channel of communication and exchange of intelligence information between the PNP and BJMP through the use of a viable, reliable, and speedy and secure communication system.

“The leadership of both PNP and the BJMP recognize the importance of information coming from these inmates which is not limited to their bio-profiles but also their activities to include their alliances established inside and outside of jail. In some cases handled by the PNP, criminal activities are actually planned inside jail.” said Calima.

He said the PNP Intelligence Research Center, under the Directorate for Intelligence, is the administering office and will manage the central database system of the CMIS.

For its part, the BJMP will assist the PNP in developing the necessary collaborative intelligence planning and assessment skills to ensure a strategic and coordinated approach in combating terrorism and other transnational crimes.

Moreover, the BJMP has an existing facility, thru the help of the Australian Federal Police, known as the Inmate Classification and Counseling Unit, Special Intensive Care Area located in Bicutan, Taguig City. This Unit houses inmates with terrorism-related cases and this is where the CMIS will be installed.

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