PRO3 deploys 96 motorcycle riding cops

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- At least 96 motorcycle riding cops were deployed Thursday to fight armed motorcycle riding criminals.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, said the deployment of motorcycle-riding-cops (MRCops) is part of continued efforts by police to address the rising crime incidents in various towns and communities in the region against criminal elements riding on board motorcycles.

The PRO3 started the deployment of MRCops as a new approach in crime prevention, which involves reinforced police mobile and visibility patrols complemented by vigorous checkpoint operations and on-the-spot weapons check operations on riding in tandem motorists, as well as on board public conveyances, Petrasanta said.

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He said that "Oplan No Mercy" was launched by the PRO-3 to address various crimes particularly those conducted with the use of motorcycles, plus hijacking.

At the same time, Petrasanta said that PNP Anti-Hijacking checkpoints will be established in strategic areas in the region to ensure delivery trucks will not be victimized by armed men riding-in-tandem.

He said "Oplan No Mercy" aims to curb shooting, robbery, holdup and hijacking in Central Luzon.

Petrasanta said that MRCops were tasked "to go head to head" against motorcycle riding criminals.

"The deployment of MRCops may not totally stop the occurrence of crime incidents involving motorcycle riding criminals but PRO3 is very optimistic that it will definitely serve as a deterrent to would-be criminals," he said.

MRCops will be composed of four-man motorcycle teams roaming streets that eventually will limit the criminals’ mobility and timing, depriving them the element of opportunity in order to consummate their plans, Petrasanta said.

He said that a dedicated Anti-Hijacking Task Group will be positioned in strategic locations to enforce the Unified Pass Card System.

"Initially for the purpose of today's launching program, existing motorcycle units in the different provincial, city and municipal police stations were regrouped," Petrasanta said.

Senior Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, Deputy Regional Director for Operations, said that MRCops had undergone refresher training in combat motorcycle riding techniques and safety, while existing motorcycles were subjected to technical inspection and operational readiness tests to ensure the safety of the motorcycle teams.

Gaerlan said the anti-hijacking personnel will be composed of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 3, Provincial Public Safety Companies and Regional Highway Patrol 3 in their official anti-hijacking operation uniforms in mass formation.

Local chief executives of the region, heads of agencies including other stakeholders, were invited during the launching not only to witness the static display and skills demonstration of the personnel, but also for them to appreciate the operational effectiveness of the strategy, and more importantly to draw support from them in the generation and acquisition of additional motorcycle units, as well as training of their respective police in order to attain the desired number of teams necessary in each area.

The deployment will vary and will be based on priority depending on the daily crime analysis.

“Your mission is to prevent the commission of crimes by motorcycle-riding criminals and arrest suspects, including members of their network and support system, as evidence warrants. Protect the general public and respect the rights of private citizens. Be knowledgeable and proficient in your job, remain authoritative but courteous and humble at all times,” Petrasanta said.

“Walang abusado. No extortion (kotong ) activities. Victims are encouraged to text abuses to our Ireport Mo sa Pulis hotline (0998 9983000), he said.

MRCops shall use GOA “C” or standard patrol uniforms in doing their task in order to achieve desired maximum effect of police presence, Petrasanta said. (Ric Sapnu)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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