MANILA, Philippines?It?s a fashion forecast straight from Camp Crame: This new, hopefully fake-proof outfit should not only look cool on cops.
It should also allow quicker movement when running after crooks.
Patrol officers in Metro Manila have swapped their pinstripe blue button-downs for casual collared shirts that come in a lighter shade.
The Philippine National Police put the new uniform to a ?field test? Monday, dressing up a batch of 400 beat officers and assembling them near a shopping mall for public viewing.
The new PNP shirts bear distinct insignias which, the PNP hopes, unauthorized apparel makers would find hard to duplicate.
Criminal gangs have been known to don fake PNP uniforms and gear, including caps, vests and combat accessories, some of which can be easily bought from sidewalk shops and stalls.
?This is a very good innovation because we got suggestions from our patrolmen that this will be very convenient for them. It is highly recommended,? said Director Leopoldo Bataoil, chief of the PNP?s National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
?There?s still that possibility that they will be copied, but what will work [against posers] is the vigilance of our cops and our people. When officers behave suspiciously, they may be fake cops,? Bataoil said at the launch of the field test held at SM Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.
?It has a peculiar insignia. And for the patrol beat where officers are on alert, the patrollers will find it easier to move around,? said Director German Doria, PNP community relations chief.
?It?s cooler. And when they are running after suspects, it will be easier,? he added.
Some 400 patrol cops under the NCRPO received their new shirts earlier this week. As part of the test, they will be deployed at transport hubs, malls and major streets where big holiday crowds are expected
The officers Monday lined up in formation near the mall?s restaurant row by the Manila Bay and managed to make more than a few heads turn among the afternoon strollers.
Priced between P400 and P500 each, the new shirts bear the following features: The officer?s name, badge and serial number rendered in yellow embroidery, with the rank insignia sewn on the left collar.
The officers will be issued only a shirt each for now, Doria said. Once proven to be suited for patrolling the capital, the new uniform will be used by the PNP in other urban centers nationwide.