Police chief calls for united effort vs crime-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
INCREASED community commitment and participation in crime prevention programs of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas is needed, said the region’s top police official.
“A much needed focus in providing the momentum toward long-lasting partnerships and active participation from our partners in the community must be done. Everybody must do their part in dedicating themselves in the crime prevention aspect,” said PRO-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer R. Soria during a ceremony of the 19th National Crime Prevention Week in Tacloban City.
“With active community support, we are optimistic that we could achieve more breakthrough results in increased community commitment, participation and partnerships in the promotion of strategies in reducing the occurrence of crime, arrest of criminals and making our communities safe,” Soria added.
He said the police in the region will continue to initiate comprehensive community-based crime prevention programs by strengthening partnership through the community-based policing system and monitoring the activities of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATS), which serve as the primary community-based crime prevention partners.
“These are aside from sustained conduct of focused police operations and intensified campaign against all forms of illegal activities in Eastern Visayas region anchored on the sustained implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System,” the police official said.
Every first week of September of every year is observed as the National Crime Prevention Week pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 461 dated August 31, 1994.
This year’s theme, “Malasakit mo ay Kailangan upang Krime ay Maiwasan,” is aimed at generating community awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of crime prevention and fostering interest and participation of the general public in the prevention of crime and maintaining public safety.
The kick-off ceremony was attended by top officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government, National Police Commission, PRO, and officials and employees from other national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, socio-civic groups, anti-crime groups, businessmen and students.
“The presence of the various stakeholders from all walks of life in this activity clearly manifests everybody’s desire to combat and prevent crime and criminality. This will send a strong message to criminals that people in Eastern Visayas will not tolerate crime and will unite against all forms of criminality,” Soria said. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)