Philippine Police Overhaul Crisis

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    In a move aimed at improving both skills and image, higher-ups in the Philippine police forces have directed commanders to review their forces for crisis management capabilities. The Manilla Bulletin reports:

    Police Regional Office 6 (PRO 6) Director, C/Supt. Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. during last Tuesday morning’s turnover of command ceremony at the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) specifically mentioned the “continuous retraining of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Public Safety Battalion units on anti-hostage and terrorism operations, especially in bus, building, boat, and airplane assault tactics.”

    Following the recent hostage debacle top cops in the area had little choice but to take action, but it remains to be seen whether this is a true overhaul or merely a well-timed PR move.

    For more resources, see the Free Management Library topic: Crisis Management

    [Jonathan Bernstein is president of Bernstein Crisis Management, Inc., an international crisis management consultancy, and author of Keeping the Wolves at Bay – Media Training.]