Napolcom exec: Crime prevention is everybody’s concern

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Amid the crimes happening in the country nowadays, National Police Commission (Napolcom)-Central Luzon Assistant Regional Director Bernadina Joven asserted that crime prevention is a shared responsibility of police and the public.

Speaking before police officers during the launch of the National Crime Prevention Week recently, Joven said that maintenance of peace and order must not be relied solely with the Philippine National Police (PNP), but must be everybody’s concern.

She urged the public to be more participative in police projects that are aimed at maintaining peace and order, as well as be more observant on their surroundings for immediate reporting of unusual incidents.

“Turuan po nating makialam ang ating mamamayan para sa kapwa niya mamamayan. Turuan natin sila maging mapagmasid sa mga kakaibang pangyayari sa kanila lugar na maaaring mauwi sa karahasan o krimen (Let's teach the people to be concerned with his fellow. Let's teach them to be observant in suspicious happenings around them that might lead to violence or crime),” Joven told police officers.

Joven cited the vital role of every individual in the country’s quest to become a crime-free, insurgency-free and drug-free community for Filipinos.

She stressed that while the PNP gears up yearly crime prevention and suppression activities and aggressively implements them, it does not guarantee a successful run without the people’s cooperation.

“We can be as aggressive as we can to ensure public safety, but our fellow Filipinos’ cooperation and coordination is still vital and needed for us to be successful,” Joven stressed.

Meanwhile, Joven, together with other members of the Crime Prevention Technical Working Group composed of PNP Provincial Director in Central Luzon, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Information Agency and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, led the signing of the pledge of commitment.

The pledge of commitment was conducted as part of the activities laid out for the celebration of the National Crime Prevention Week this year.
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