Valley police presents community anti-criminality action plan

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Monday, October 28, 2013


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet –- The La Trinidad Municipal Police Station presented its three year localized community based anti criminality action plan to members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) in a meeting recently.

Chief of Police Byron Allatog said the action plan is called "Strawberry" policing which stands for sustaining a good Traffic direction and control; decongesting and re-routing of vehicles; and enhancing good working partnership among barangays, police and LGUs in the enforcement of all rules and laws/ordinances in reducing crimes of theft and robbery and cases of physical injuries in the municipality.

Its objective is to initiate and implement an integrated barangay based anti-criminality program by empowering and mobilizing the community to develop a sustained, consistent and concerted efforts for effective and long term crime prevention and pre-emption platform.

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According to Allatog, based on crimes recorded since calendar year 2010, the municipality is marred with incidents of theft, physical injury and robbery as the top three prevalent crimes.

These have been identified through the use of Geographic Information System-Based Crime Analysis (GIS-BCA) which is a scientific management tool that can yield crime clock and hot spots, crime prone areas and even victimology.

To operationalize the plan, LTMPS will take the lead in the smooth coordination and mobilization among the barangays, LGU, business sector, and other stakeholders for an effective and efficient partnership in crime prevention, Allatog said.

For the barangays, there will be an enhanced police presence in critical areas basing from the GIS-BCA in partnership with the community to form a Sectoral Foot Patrol Team composed of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) and including tanods, women’s brigade and other volunteers and a PNP officer.

Allatog also bared police will enhance and mobilize the Barangay Peace and Order Council and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council of each barangay to effectively plan programs gearing for a barangay-cleared from theft and robbery suspects, drug personalities, pushers and users.

The neighborhood watch system wherein every neighborhood will protect and watch each other’s house will also be mobilized.

For crime prone streets and areas, Allatog said they will create and mobilize municipal bike patrol team to enhance further police presence in the identified crime prone areas like Pico, Betag, Balili, Puguis, and Poblacion and help troubleshoot problem areas which are critical to traffic and congestion by clearing obstruction of main thoroughfares.

He further stated the mobilization of Special Weapons and Tactics personnel; and the creation and mobilization of critical traffic team to help address the continuous traffic congestion in specified critical areas during rush hours from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

For the schools and university belts, police will create the Junior Police in all tertiary schools to help support the information network of the police station; creation of school-based public safety council to address issues and problems concerning the students, school teachers and parents; establishing a “Kuya Ko Program” which establishes partnership and cooperation between students and the police which aims to protect and guide the youth as responsible citizens towards their family, country, and their chosen endeavors; and the adopt a school program.

Allatog further said they jointly increased engagements with all registered organizations within the community and push for their cooperation as crime stoppers and informers such as the Bantay Bayan and the Women’s Brigade in every barangay.

He emphasized good working relationship has always been the cornerstone of any partnership whether in business or in public sector. Better understanding and coordination among the police and the barangay/LGU/school-led community is expected to lead a more effective campaign against crime, illegal drugs and effective traffic management and control. (Maria Aprila Cruz)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 29, 2013.

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