CAMP CRAME, Quezon City – Police officers and men throughout the country have been commended for their continued support to the government’s campaign against the COVID-19, particularly in the enforcement of laws and rules to protect the people from the dreaded virus.

Several groups, among them the Philippine National Police (PNP) Retirees Association party-list (PRAI), cited the role of the policemen and other men of uniform in the enforcement of travel restrictions, maintenance of checkpoints, social distancing, wearing of face masks and face shields, among others, which the government have adopted to prevent the spread of the virus.

Gen. Reynaldo Velasco, Gen. Leo Napenas and Gen. Van Luspo, co-founders of PRAI party-list, lauded some 250,000 police officers and men in active service for doing their share in enforcing rules and restrictions to help contain the spread of the virus despite being exposed to COVID-19 in various areas of their places of their assignments in the Philippines.

The policemen have not been spared by the dreaded disease as 125 officers and men have, in fact, lost their lives as they succumbed to the virus, the PRAI co-founders said.

As of last week, the PNP Health Service reported that a total of  45,028 policemen have been infected with COVID-19, reports reaching Gen. Velasco stated.

“It’s good that with vigilance and proper case, a total of  41,422 or 98.9 percent have recovered,” Gen. Velasco said, quoting reports from the PNP Health Service.

So far, there are only 336 active cases of Covid-19 infections among police officers and men, the PNP Health Service stated in its latest bulletin.

Meanwhile, PNP deputy chief for administration, Lt. Gen. Joselito Veracruz said 90.40 percent of 225,333 police personnel or 216,290 have been fully vaccinated.

Some 7,737 (3.43 percent) received one dose, while 1,306 (0.58 percent) have yet to get any shots. Several police officers likewise received their booster shots with 47,927 (22.16 percent).