NEWLY installed La Trinidad Municipal Police Station chief Police Major Roldan Cabanta vowed to strengthen the town’s anti–criminality drive.
Cabanta, born in Buguias, Benguet and a Kankana-ey, was assigned by the Police Regional Office Cordillera effective July 4, 2019.
"I was assigned as OIC (officer-in-charge) because the crime volume increase in La Trinidad, that is what we are focusing especially cases of theft, robbery and physical injuries which are our priority including traffic," Cabanta said.
For traffic, he said assistance for smooth flow will be provided between six to nine in the morning and four to seven in the afternoon, while traffic personnel will be assigned to continue the anti-obstruction drive.
Cabanta said he will also account the 336 drug surrenderers.
"There are many programs here which we want to continue especially the neighborhood watch program. It is a good program. This is more on community organizing and crime reporting. We are also introducing Oplan Maze Runner or operation maze runner. This is police response on how we can have systematic response down to the barangay," Cabanta added.
He said under the Oplan Maze Runner, police will serve as runner and will go into the "maze" to prevent criminals.
He said the number of houses in La Trinidad has increased, making the narrow streets looking like a maze, which serves as hide-out for criminals and robbers.
With the vast development of La Trinidad, he said there should be adjustments and sustainability of local anti-criminality program such as the neighborhood watch and anti-illegal campaign.
"We cannot make La Trinidad peaceful without the help of the people and the opportunity that shouldn't be given to criminals. Just like the business establishments, mostly robbery incidents destroying of locks, mostly that is why the establishments should strengthen its defense and protection against robbers," he said.
Cabanta has been with the Philippine National Police for 10 years and served five years in Mindanao as company commander, two years in Camp Crame, and one year in Eastern Visayas. He also serves in Camp Dangwa, specifically in Benguet Provincial Police Office in 2018.
For the first semester of 2019, there is a total of 219 Index Crime Volume in La Trinidad. In 2018, there were only 69 index crimes.
From January to June in 2018, the La Trinidad police recorded 560 crime volume. This year, from January to June, there was a total of 754 crime volume.