MANILA –The Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory (PNP-Crime Lab) is needing 2,000 more personnel.
This was prompted by the numerous crime incidents the PNP-Crime Lab has to respond everyday in connection with the its “Oplan Double Barrel Alpha”.
PNP-Crime Lab Director Chief Supt. Aurelio Trampe Jr. said each police district has only one SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operation) and because of the incidents that have to be responded to, the SOCO personnel are “over worked” in processing of the crime scene.
Trampe added attending court hearings in cases filed by the PNP is also part of their duty.
He stressed if such a situation persisted, their personnel would be working too much and in doing so, it could not be avoided their work will be affected because of over fatigue.
For her part, Supt. Irene Rigonan, Officer-in-Charge of the PNP-Crime Lab’s Operation and Management Division, said the police districts are now helping each other and the PNP Crime Lab from the National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, just comes in if needed.
The Quezon City Police District has the majority of the crime scene responded to by the PNP-Crime Lab followed by the Southern Police District.