‘Motorcycle cops’ formed to pursue criminals-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- The City Government has organized "motorcycle cops" and traffic enforcers to run after motorcycle-riding men, who are primary suspects in summary executions, grenade-throwing, and bombing incidents in North Cotabato.
City Mayor Joseph Evangelista, during the Kapihan sa AJ Hi-time here, said the "motorcycle cops" and traffic enforcers are equipped with Honda XR200 motorcycles furnished with ‘wang-wang’ or alarm, public address system, and blinkers.
The mayor said the law enforcers are also provided with vests, pistols, and handheld radios.
He said the City Government has purchased at least four Honda XR200 motorcycles, adding that three more motorcycles are to be delivered anytime next week.
The City Government has also purchased two additional patrol cars for the Kidapawan City police, a rescue vehicle for the Kidapawan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, two ambulance cars, and four patrol ‘cabs’ for the Traffic Management Unit (TMU).
Evangelista said the purchase of the motorcycles and other equipment for the Philippine National Police (PNP) and TMU will help lessen the number of criminalities in the city.
Data from North Cotabato PNP showed that from April to June this year, the city topped in terms of the number of incidents in murders, homicides, motorcycle theft, and robberies.
At least seven teams of motorcycle cops and traffic enforcers are tasked to operate 24 hours a day.
“The City Government will provide these teams their fuel and food to ensure sustainability of their operations,” the mayor said.
The PNP and TMU teams are tasked to run after riding-in-tandem criminals, motorcycles with improvised mufflers, and vehicles plying the highway without licensed plates.
The creation of “motorcycle cops” came after an executive agenda under the Public Safety Plan for the city was approved by the City Council last Thursday.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 18, 2013.