THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao topped the Philippine National Police's (PNP) list of the highest number of crime solution efficiency (CSE) or percentage of solved cases among PNP regional offices for the first quarter of 2019, with 85.41 percent.
This is much higher than the 74.34 percent CSE in the same period in 2018.
The PRO-Davao maintained the spot of most solved crimes among other regional offices based on the data released by Police Colonel James T. Goforth, chief of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) of the PNP Camp Crame, generated from the Crime Research and Analysis Center of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.
Other regions with the most number of CSE are Caraga (89.39 percent) and Ilocos Region with 83.01 percent.
In January to March this year, statistics coming from police blotters in different police units across the region recorded a total of 3,564 crime volume in the first quarter of 2018, a four percent decrease from 3,709 in the same period in 2018.
Robbery recorded the highest percentage drop of 41.94 percent to 90 from 155.
Their data also revealed that murder rate also decreased to 99 from 123; rape to 68 from 112; theft dropped to 186 from 267; physical injury to 200 from 274; and homicide to 17 from 18.
Police Brigadier General Marcelo Morales, PRO-Davao director, attributed their accomplishments in the continuous implementation of police operations and the Oplan Tokhang.
Strengthened enforcement of local ordinances has also the made cases of theft, robbery, and physical injury to go down alongside the implementation of Oplan Dabaw Kalinaw in the region.
"This significant decrease in focus and prevalent crimes can be attributed to the intensification of our anti-criminality measures with our improved police presence on the streets, our intensified anti-drug campaign, pro-active community relations activities with the public's involvement in our crime prevention and control efforts," Morales said.