By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA — The United States Embassy yesterday turned over various police equipment to the Philippine National Police in an effort to boost its capability in combatting terrorism and improve security in the country.
The turnover was held in a simple ceremony at the PNP Grandstand inside Camp BGen Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City.
Stephen Lesniak, Regional Security Officer of US Embassy through the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (DS/T/ATA) handed over 18 sets of Cellebrite and 57 units of laptop computers to the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG) while 4 units of Ford Ranger, six units of Bomb Suit, 5 units Logo Scanner and Veterinary Equipment/Aircon/ Clinic Renovation were given to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal K9 Group EOD/K9.
Meanwhile, one (1) unit of Ford Ranger, six (6) units of Harris Radio, Tactical Medicine Kits, Crisis Response Team Equipment, Advance Crisis Response Team Equipment, and First Response to Medical Stabilization Kits were donated to the Special Action Force.
PNP Logistics Director Police Major General Angelito A. Casimiro who received the donations expressed his appreciation to the United States for another gesture of generosity and for unwavering support to the PNP.
“These police equipment will surely beef up the counter-terrorism capabilities of the PNP”, he said.
“While the security and welfare of the people rely on the number of police officers in the field, we are also putting more teeth to better deliver efficient and effective police service across the country with the help of our stakeholders and partners like the US Embassy. Thus, this kind of gesture strengthens the capacity of every police officer by upgrading their equipment for effective police operations”, Casimiro added. (ai/mtvn)