Baguio village watchmen trained in peacekeeping

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Friday, May 30, 2014


KEEPING their commitment to maintain peace and order in Baguio City, the Baguio City Police Office tied up with barangays and held a series of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team Training for tanods.

The BPAT training for the first batch was held on May 26-30. The trainings were held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the City Camp Proper Barangay Hall.

The first batch composed of 53 barangay tanods were from City Camp Proper, City Camp Central, Lower QM, Upperr QM, Lower Rock Quarry, Middle Rock Quarry, Upper Rock Quarry, Legarda-Burnham and Palma-Urbano.

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Police Station 5 commander Superintendent Ma. Theresa Guinto-Pucay said the training aimed to establish an effective community policing machinery through community partnership in the maintenance of peace and order in their respective areas of responsibility towards the attainment of a safer place to live, work and do business.

The five-day training included lectures and even practical exercises on investigation procedures; procedures and safety measures for responding crime or disasters; basic report writing or investigation note-taking; police operations rules; patrolling, raid and ambuscades immediate action drills; first aid; and basic search and rescue operations.

Each participant was equipped with batons and whistles while each barangays were given flashlights and handcuffs for their use.
The training for the second batch composed of barangay tanods from District 4 covered by Station 5 is targeted to commence on the second week of June.

Prior to the BPAT training, series of Barangay Justice System trainings was conducted by the BCPO starting March 24 to barangay committees together with the Lupon ng mga Taga-pamayapa which aimed to educate them on the hearing procedures for cases in the barangays. The training for barangays covered by Police Station 8, which is the last, will be held on June 6.

Guinto-Pucay shared aside from these trainings, she also wanted to conduct comprehensive search and rescue operations trainings for physically fit individuals to form at least 2 rescue teams for each barangays as preparation for possible disasters.

However, she said she will still try to look for agencies to tie up with and for possible sources of fund for the project.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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