Police commanders will be held liable if their stations will be found untidy during inspections, the country’s top cop said on Monday.
In his first press briefing as chief of the Philippine National Police, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said he has instructed the Internal Affairs Service to focus on the cleanliness in all PNP precincts, stations, and offices under its “Intensified Cleanliness Policy” (ICP).
“I told our IAS Inspector General, Atty. Alfegar Triambulo, to give focus on the cleanliness of the offices and if needed, recommend those PCP commanders who should be relieved,” Eleazar said.
He added that keeping police precincts and stations clean and presentable will help the institution gain the public’s trust and respect.
“Our IAS conducts regular inspections everyday and I saw in their report that they have already inspected at least 1,000 police units,” he said.
Eleazar said he will also conduct surprise inspections of police stations.
“Expect that all other commanders from the regional directors down to the chiefs of police will do their own inspection. We will have our time. I am giving them the chance to clean up and as I have heard from other officers, there are also those who are starting renovations and cleaning,” he said.
Eleazar first introduced the ICP when he was chief of the National Capital Region Police Office.