MANILA, Nov 10 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) needs an additional 1,500 personnel for its Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to effectively respond to the growing threats and incidents of criminal activities in cyberspace.

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PNP chief, Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., said Wednesday they would be requesting funds for the recruitment of more personnel for the ACG next year, as well as for the acquisition of modern equipment.

“Our ACG needs more personnel who would man different offices and functions of the ACG. So by next year, we will be proposing at least 500 additional ACG personnel to be part of the recruitment,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the blessing and turnover rites of the newly-constructed ACG building at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Once their request is approved, Azurin said the recruitment will focus on those who have background in information technology (IT).

“We will be requiring our ACG and our Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management (DICTM) to come up with a proposal on the qualification of the personnel who would be recruited for ACG. But what is important is that the recruits must have knowledge of technology, specifically IT,” Azurin said.

Azurin said the presence of many foreign counterparts in the event highlights the need for stronger cooperation in the battle against cybercrimes and other transnational crimes.

“We need modern equipment that we can use in our cyber patrol and we know that the international community’s focus is on the battle against online child abuse and sexual exploitation,” he added.

He added that this is part of the PNP’s efforts to strengthen law enforcement and crime prevention in the digital age as cybercrimes spiked, especially at the height of the coronavirus pandemic when most people shifted to online activities and transactions. (MNS)