Police ready school opening security plan-A A +A
Saturday, June 5, 2010
THE local police readied and finalized a security plan to be implemented starting June 15, the first day of classes for school year 2010-2011, an official disclosed Saturday.
Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, said the security plan was finalized in a command meeting he presided Friday attended by all of police station chiefs.
The ZCPO has 11 police stations including one in Sacol Island, 54 kilometers east of this city.
De Ocampo disclosed that they discussed the perennial problems during opening of classes as well as possible solutions to prevent its occurrence.
De Ocampo said that among the perennial problems they identified are traffic jams on roads leading to schools, snatching of cellular phones, pickpocketing and illegal drugs.
He said policemen, both uniformed and undercover, will be deployed in schools in Zamboanga City.
He added that some of the office personnel will also be deployed to augment the beat policemen and those assigned on schools.
He disclosed that security escorts will be provided to teachers assigned in the island barangays located east of this city.
The provision of security escorts will be in coordination with the military's Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) headed by Colonel Santiago Baluyut, De Ocampo added. (Bong Garcia)