Police urged: Exercise maximum tolerance, train in dealing with troublemakers

Posted on September 14, 2012


POLICE should exercise maximum tolerance and learn basic martial arts in dealing with troublemakers without hurting or violating anyone’s rights, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) chief of the Mandaue City police said.

Mandaue City SWAT chief Insp. Diosdado Malazarte says he keeps reminding his team to keep cool all the time in responding to alarms and dealing with drunken people or those not in their right mind.

He says he wants to avoid what happened to PO1 Philip James Tanza and PO2 Bradford Lavandero, SWAT members of the Cebu City police who were caught mauling Papua New Guinean student, Benedict Peniai.

Peniai got unruly after getting drunk near Alicia Towers in barangay Banilad, Cebu City last Sunday. Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, Mandaue City police chief, says every police officer should be trained in the art of persuasion.

“If that kind of incident happened, the police should contain first the person to be arrested, isolate him from the others and then use arms if necessary. They should be skilled in psychological assessment,” Gillamac said in a press conference.

Gillamac said all police are reminded of their mandate to serve and protect and not to initiate trouble./Correspondent Fe Marie D. Dumaboc

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