PNP says impact from losing San Francisco cops training “not really so much:
Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the decision of the San Francisco Police Department ending its training with the Philippine National Police because of the government's controversial war on drugs does not have a big impact.
"It will (have an) impact in the sense that we are losing the opportunity to train with them but not really so much," Dela Rosa said in a text message to Daily Manila Shimbun on Friday.
The San Francisco police force in the United States has ended a16 year training program as it expressed concern about the government's war on drugs.
In a statement aired over CBS News, the San Francisco police department said they have ended their partnership training amid “concerns over allegations of civil rights and human rights violations in the Philippines.”
The SFPD, through the Filipino-American Law Enforcement Organization (FALEO) has been helping the PNP in equipment and training since 1999.
On a yearly basis, its officers visit the national police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, donating equipment such as protective vests.
A police official based in Camp Crame told reporters the loss will be hardly felt as they have training programs with other countries, like Israel and Argentina.
The official said they have yet to receive a formal notification from the San Francisco police force. Emmanuel Tupas/DMS