THE Bacolod City Council approved a resolution urging the police and the villages to be aggressive in their campaign against criminality.
The resolution, authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairperson of committee on laws, was approved during the regular session Wednesday, September 20.
Distrito said Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, acting director of Bacolod City Police (BCPO), and all village chieftains should aggressively pursue the prevention of theft and robbery through police and tanod visibility, checkpoints, and aggressive and positive investigation.
They should also step up in the recruitment of volunteers and force multipliers, patrolling, filling of cases against the suspects, use of undercover and civilian assets, and other initiatives that will help solve these problems.
The councilor said it is the duty of the state to ensure the safety and protection of its constituents.
Distrito noted that the recurring incidents of theft and robbery, like akyat-bahay (house burglary) and hold-up, is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed and given immediate action.
“A key factor in solving criminality is to strengthen the coordination of the police and the barangay (village) in enhancing security visibility, conducting checkpoints, investigations, patrolling and in apprehending criminals," he added.
Distrito said that having proper and strong coordination between the police, the village, and other peace and order agencies will assure the people that the city is safe and all efforts are done to suppress criminal activities.
He also encouraged the BCPO to initiate the formulation of initiatives and strategies in solving and preventing crimes, and in arresting perpetrators.
Distrito had earlier urged the public to be vigilant without spreading fear and unhelpful posts on social media which could destroy the image of the city.
The councilor issued the reminder after some netizens posted on Facebook, “It’s not safe in Bacolod.”
Distrito said it's normal that the public should be concerned of crime incidents like robbery and theft, but posting and sharing negative messages can cause fear to the public.
“By posting and sharing ‘It's not safe in Bacolod,” you are destroying the image of your hometown. Let us just be vigilant without spreading fear and unhelpful posts," the councilor added.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on September 22, 2017.
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