Crime prevention starts with the community, from one’s self, says PRO1 chief

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Sept 4 (PIA) — “Crime prevention can be good and successful if the community is actively participating in maintaining a good, clean and peaceful environment.”

This is what Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) Director Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus Bucayu said during the 18th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) kick-off program yesterday at the City Hall Grounds here.

“The peace and order situation in a community depends on the people living in it. If the people are active in maintaining orderly and peaceful environment, the police will have just a minute or little role to perform. Even if we arm our men with big guns and ammunitions if people are insensitive and does not cooperate with the law enforcers, it will be hard for us to ensure a safe and peaceful community,” Bucayu said.

It is our commitment to maintain peace and order for the region to enjoy a generally progressive atmosphere, Bucayu added.

Guest of honor and speaker Alfred Pablo Ortega said that the unified presence of all the participants for this NCPW kick-off program is a good sign that crime prevention is a concern of everyone, not just in this city but also for the whole province, region and the whole country.

Ortega spoke about discipline among public servants which they ought to project or perform, like that of product endorsers saying discipline should come from within, not in words but in deeds.

Most often than not, he said, there are those public employees who are busy working or updating their facebook accounts even during office hours, spend longer hours of coffee breaks which goes with chit-chats, bringing home office supplies like pens, bond papers, paper clips and the like.

How do these kinds of people enforce discipline if they themselves do not make it right, Ortega said.

Positive change starts from all of us and from within, he said.

Ortega added that the values of humility, respect and compassion should always be at the forefront. “Our world may change but our values should not,” he reminded.

The NCPW event started at 6:30 a.m. yesterday with a Fun Run from Tan Building in Monumento, this city, to the City Hall grounds.

It was participated in by different line-agencies like the National Police Commission, being the chair of the NCPW-Technical Working Group, Regional, Provincial, City and Regional Training School of the PNP, Bureau of Fire, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, San Fernando City Officials and employees, Gunglo Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano/Association of Iloco Writers, the four religious leaders from the Roman Catholic, Iglesia ni Cristo, Muslim and Protestant, high schools and colleges, and non-government organizations. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union)

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