SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, May 30 (PIA) — In an effort to combat crimes in the region, the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) is intensifying its crime efficiency activities in all police units, hand in hand with the agency’s goal of creating more competent and effective police personnel.
Police Regional Office 1 Director Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus Bucayu said in an interview that generally, the daily intensified checkpoint operations implemented in different police units in the four provinces of the region is in adherence to the various programs of the PNP under the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS). Programs like Oplan LAMBAT, Oplan Bakal, Search Warrant operation, mobile patrolling, foot patrol, arrest of wanted person, and the Anti-Helmet Law which have proven very effective.
“With our strengthened No Helmet, No Travel policy, we’ve been arresting a lot of riders of motorcycles without helmet, riding-in-tandem, robbers in motorbikes used as getaway vehicles, and still other forms of crime,” Bucayu said.
Asked regarding installations of more candid camera television or CCTV in all areas where a huge number of people usually gather or flock including national highways in all the municipalities, Director Bucayu said that the police strongly support and even encourage all the local government units and business establishments to install CCTVs as this is helpful in times of crime and in monitoring traffic in congested areas.
Bucayu cited an earlier incident which coincided with “shabu tiangge” incident in Pasig. “It was at that same time that we were able to arrest a van which was half-ton full of marijuana with just a phone call from an informer. The informer said that the suspects were positively going southward. We set up checkpoints which led to their arrest but we almost lost them because we caught them (two of the three suspects) when they were already in Rosario, the last municipality in La Union,” the official informed.
The following year, we caught the other suspect and after a year the three were sentenced to life imprisonment,” Bucayu assured. (JCR/MPA-PIA 1, La Union)