DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, June 3 (PIA) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has expressed its preparedness for the opening of classes tomorrow, June 4.
PChief Insp. Edison Revita, deputy police community relations officer of PNP-Pangasinan said they are directed to maximize police visibility in areas near schools and main thoroughfares to oversee peace and security.
He said in an interview that the police force have installed systems on security on the yearly influx of students adding that only cops doing office works will be left in police stations and all the rest will be assigned for field duty.
Policemen will primarily be assigned in schools near highways and crossings to assist school children before and after going to school.
He said the PNP have coordinated with school principals and the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPATs) in every town to augment the police force.
A 24-hour patrol in school vicinities will also be conducted by the cops to ensure safety.
He urged parents to accompany their small children in going to schools and at the same time advised students not to trust complete strangers to avoid petty crimes.
Most of the crimes committed during the opening of classes where a lot of people converge include pickpockets, “salisi” and even “budol-budol” gangs. “Gang wars” among kids are also prevalent in some schools, he said. (JCR/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan)