Nikko Dizon of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has released an updated version of its manual on police operational procedures, which its chief described as the "idiot's guide" for investigating crimes.
The report explained the Revised Police Operational Procedures Manual 2013 Edition now contains simplified rules for investigating crime scenes and handling pieces of evidence. PNP Director General Alan Purisima said this was done to help cops prevent committing lapses in operational procedures. One of the reminders included in the manual was for policemen to "preserve the crime scene by preventing curious onlookers (usisero) and journalists from getting too close, and from contaminating the area and the pieces of evidence."
Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, spokesman for the PNP chief, said police officials are planning to make passing an exam on the manual a requirement for promotion.
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