Despite dangers, volunteer enlists in CIDG’s investigative support group

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

DEATH threats are not uncommon in his line of work.

But despite the risks, 44-year-old Joseph Jamili enlisted in the service in the spirit of volunteerism.

Jamili took his oath last Saturday as one of the new members of the Community Investigative Support (CIS), a group of professionals and non-professionals who will share their expertise in the investigation and solution of crimes handled by the Criminal and Investigation Detection Group (CIDG).


CIS is CIDG’s own version of force multipliers in the community that will help strengthen its investigative capability through extensive networking.

“Bisag wala pa’y sweldo, mas dakong reward ang makatabang (Even if we don’t get a salary, being able to help is already a reward in itself)” he said.

Though he has been helping the police since 2004, this will be the first time for Jamili to belong in a group.

For almost seven years, he had his fair share of “the good and the bad.”

“Pirmi man lang ko ihulga nga patyon ug i-harrass (I had been threatened and harassed numerous times),” he revealed.

The threats came after he helped arrest a murder suspect, who allegedly shot and killed a member of a rival fraternity group.

In spite of the dangers in his line of work, Jamili’s resolve to help improve peace and order did not wane.

With his accomplishment, he also received a sum of money as reward for tipping the police about the suspect’s whereabouts.

“Dili ko mohunong ug tabang nila samtang buhi pako (I will not stop helping them while I’m alive),” he promised.

CIDG Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. told Sun.Star Cebu that they tapped the help of the CIS to intensify the crackdown on organized crime groups.

Because they are short of 700 police personnel, Pagdilao called for the cooperation of the community.

“This will be a great way for them to be involved in our operations and help us maintain pa that anyone who has a good standing in the community and is willing to volunteer his services to the CIDG is still welcome to join the CIS.

However, Pagdilao said applicants should not have been charged or convicted of a crime against national security and against the fundamental law of the state.

“No amount of skillful diligent police work can effectively aid in crime prevention, without the active participation of the community,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 03, 2011.

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