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e-Blotter starts at 3 police offices in Eastern Visayas

By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
January 19, 2012

CAMP RUPERTO K KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte  –  To modernize data storage in police stations, the Police Regional Office 8 has recently launched the “e-Blotter” or the electronic blotter system in Leyte Police Provincial Office (LPPO), Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) and Ormoc City Police Office (OCPO).

The e-Blotter, also known as Crime Incident Reporting System (CIRS), does not only facilitate crime documentation, but will also present quick and reliable transmission of crime information from the police stations to the regional offices and to the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.

According to PSSupt Elizar Patano Egloso, Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division that Leyte Police Provincial Office, Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) and Ormoc City Police Office (OCPO) are the pilot projects of the said program.  So they have installed the e-Blotter software from the twenty (20) equipments received from Camp Crame which are needed for the new system.

Right now selected police officers from the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division are conducting hands-on trainings on how to use the new system and later on this will be re-echoed/disseminated to police stations.

Moreover he said that this move will provide transparency in the police community since it is one way of enhancing the crime reporting system in the country for effective law enforcement, which requires comprehensive, adequate and timely information on crimes.

Before, when citizens want to report a crime or file a complaint, they would usually go to the police station and a police officer will take handwritten notes in a huge logbook called the police blotter.

With the new system, however, the reports would still be logged manually but at the same time, they will be encoded in a computer linked to the police's central reporting network called the PNP Crime Incident Reporting System.

Such kind of system is very vital in mapping out strategies for quick response and crime prevention,” he added.