Editorial: Beyond Figures-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A VALIDATION team from Camp Crame will set foot to Bacolod City tomorrow to verify the crime incidents that have taken place under the watch of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).
Aside from the city police, the team will also visit stations under the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.
The validation team, necessarily, will check on various records and reports submitted by stations of the BCPO, disclosed its chief, the police acting director Edgardo Ordaniel.
As per history, as Ordaniel said, there had been some police officials who were relieved from their posts after the validation team was able to determine that 50 percent of crimes in their respective areas were not recorded in police stations.
Could this mean that some police officers, maybe the desk officers, are “selective” in their reporting of crime incidents? Or is it the public who is to blame for failure to have the incidents reported or blotted with the Philippine National Police (PNP)?
The validation inspection team led by led by Senior Supt. Agosto Marquez and Senior Supt. William Macabinta, of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management Office, should go into the bottom of police reporting of crimes.
This does not mean that all data provided by the police must be placed under suspect by the validation team. It just that beyond figures, are matters of inefficiency, accuracy, and most of all, resolution to crimes.
These must also be looked into seriously, more than just validation of facts.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 11, 2013.