Police to ride buses, monitor criminals-A A +A
Monday, February 17, 2014
BUS commuters may soon feel safer when traveling around Cebu Province.
This, as the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) is set to launch next month “Cops on Board,” a program that allows policemen to inspect and ride passenger buses. The program is part of the CPPO’s anti-criminality campaign.
Senior Superintendent Noel Gillamac, director of CPPO, said the program also aims to prevent reckless driving.
“Mas magbinantayon ang driver sa pagpadagan ilabi na nga naa'y police nagbantay (Drivers would be more careful because they know there’s a policeman on board),” he said in a press briefing.
A meeting was held on Monday to discuss the project that earned positive remarks from Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and bus operators in Cebu Province.
Gillamac said they will meet again to fine tune the program, particularly details regarding the duties of police officers.
Under the program, each police station will provide personnel who will be assigned to inspect the buses. They will disembark at a designated point in their area of responsibility.
The system will be similar to the one that bus inspectors follow.
Gillamac said they have already identified who will serve as police inspectors and they will undergo training to be well-versed on traffic rules.
The police officers will be in uniform when they board the bus where they will monitor suspicious-looking individuals.
During the meeting, several concerns were raised, such as whether police officers will be assigned a seat or will they remain standing during the inspection.
It would also be inconvenient, Gillamac said, if the buses would stop from town to town as police officers will conduct an inspection.
“There will be revisions so that there will be no problem later on,” he added.
LTO-Central Visayas Director Arnel Tancinco said they will support the project that will provide deterrence to traffic violations.
He suggested that police officers also perform law enforcement functions under Republic Act 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
“Dili lang igo mosaka. Mangita gyud sa lisensya, rehistro ug franchise sa bus (They should also ask for the driver’s license and registration and franchise of the bus),” Tancinco told reporters.
He said LTO will require public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers to undergo annual refresher training to avoid road accidents.
According to a report from Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), the Department of Health (DOH) Online National Electronic Injury Surveillance System listed Central Visayas as having the highest number of vehicular accidents. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 18, 2014.