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  • Title: Police Operations
  • Author: Atty. Rodolfo M. Garcia
  • Publisher: Central Book Supply Inc.
  • ISBN: 978-971-011-529-7
  • No. Of Pages: 185
  • Size: 6 x 9
  • Edition: 2012 Edition
  • Binding: Softbound
  • Description:

    A majority of our people, especially police retirees, wonder why these unforgivable operational and tactical lapses are happening with the present crop of policemen.
    The collective opinion of our police retirees, especially from the then Integrated National Police, is that our present police system lacks the Constitutional requirement of being civilian in character.
    To support this observation, the current training, orientation, behavior, organizational structure, selection and recruitment of personnel are cited as among the many reasons why our present police system is bereft of that important character mandated by the very fundamental law of the land. It is felt and observed that the organization is military in character due to the domination of the former officers and members of the defunct Philippine Constabulary, which was then a major service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Police operations were approached with military tactics resulting in serious collateral deaths and injuries to innocent civilians. This fatal defect greatly contributes to the woes of the present police system.
    To give the reader elbow room to come to an informed opinion, the author deems it wise to present a comparative presentation of the past and present police systems, highlighting their glaring differences, efficiency and effectiveness. The author as much as possible refrained from using purely legalistic terms for the non-lawyer readers to understand.
    Presented in this book also are some successful and bungled police operations in obedience to the axiom that it is easier to learn from examples than by precepts. The author could not also help but shake his head in indignation at the controversial cases decided by the Supreme Court that have sparked debates on the judiciousness of the resulting decisions. Law enforcement agencies could not escape being part of the controversy as fatal errors started during the onset of criminal investigations. These infirmities seemed to have been carried up to the prosecution and decision-making by the Judiciary.