QCPD chief finds cops too hooked on Facebook

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MANILA, Philippines—They better click the “like” button on his order—then log out immediately.

Saying a lawman’s time is better spent chasing criminals than making “friends” or hunting down virtual villains on the Net, the head of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has barred his people from accessing social networking sites like Facebook and playing interactive games while on duty.

QCPD director Senior Supt. Richard Albano also warned them not to spend too much time chatting or texting on their mobile phones.

Albano fired out a memo dated March 13 which conveyed “a growing concern of the PNP leadership regarding the excessive use and unhindered access by our personnel to Internet sites and the considerable amount of official time spent surfing social networking sites or playing interactive games online while using government time and resources.”

“This irregular practice affects not only the efficient delivery of services to our internal and external clients, but also slows down Internet traffic that hinders the work of personnel doing legitimate tasks,” the memo said.

“In this regard, the use and access to the Internet for personal purpose during office hours are hereby prohibited. However, only official social networking accounts will be maintained,” it added.

In an interview, Albano said he had ordered the restriction to ensure that no Quezon City policeman would fall into the habit and waste time that should otherwise be spent serving the public.

“I also wanted to include policemen who keep on texting while on active duty. They hardly put down their phones. But I can only discourage them from the practice because there is no way of telling if they are texting in relation to their job or if the messages are personal,” Albano remarked.

QCPD members caught violating the ban face sanctions, he said. “They would be given a warning for the first offense and a reprimand for the second. For a third offense, they could face suspension and forfeiture of their salaries for two to three days depending on the gravity of the violation,” Albano explained.

For his next move, he said, he plans to rid all QCPD computers of game programs.

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  • TMZPinoy

    Ang dapat dyan QC DD Richard Albano e ban mo ang pag gamit ng gov’t. computers sa pag browsing ng FB account nila..actually kung may IT kayo dyan sa QCPD malalaman nyan sino nagbubukas ng FB account nila.Sa mga privadong company pinagbabawal yan pagbubukas ng FB account while you are in the office premises. Kausapin mo ang head ng IT ninyo sa QCPD kung meyroon man kayo at pwede nila e blocked ang Facebook sa server ninyo.Segurado hindi na nila mabuksan ang FB.Magandang tip yan para sa iyo DD Richard Albano. Yun may mga Iphone at cell nagbubukas ng FB habang nasa opisina dapat relieve agad pag nahuli sila.

  • Rose Teribe

    :) hahahaha… good sir

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-Lopez/100002950838043 Jake Lopez

    We could use present day technology to optimize the police crime fighting ability. For example, if a car looks suspicious, cops could simply login to LTO database (using a tablet or mobile phone) to see if the number matches the vehicles description. Or scan image database of criminals to verify if suspicious looking characters are really crooks.

  • Pedro_Gil

    Too light a penalty, chief as if you just want to have media coverage. stop being a cry baby and start doing your job. also, take a management course. LOL!

  • dailymanila

    Ngayon mo lang napansin? Ban nyo na rin po mga personal cellphones kasi text ng text habang nagtatrabaho.

  • Bojo Mojo

    so this explains the rising crime rate in the country….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Chief! Kumusta ang mga prostitution dens dyan along Quezon Ave at Timog? Malakas pa rin ba ang racket nila? Pa sample ka naman.

    Pati na rin yung QCPD car plates nyo na inaabuso ang paggamit. Itigil nyo na yan. Ginagamit ng mga criminal e.

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