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85% of cops now in field duties–PNP chief

June 25, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 274 views

PNPWITH 85 percent of the country’s 232,000-strong police force now actively engaged in field duties, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil has ordered the foot and mobile patrols to deter criminality.

The top cop last April ordered the reduction of the number of police personnel assigned to offices with 85 percent of them sent to patrol duties in the 17 police regional and provincial offices and city, municipal and police stations nationwide.

Gen. Marbil said the presence of additional legs in the streets will help keep peace and order and address criminality.

According to PNP spokesperson, Colonel Jean S. Fajardo, the top cop mandated a stepped-up patrol operations by all regional, provincial, city and municipal police stations.

She added that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. gave the instructions to the PNP chief following a recent meeting.

The directive includes round-the-clock foot, mobile and motorcycle patrols and conduct of Oplan Galugad and Oplan Sita to enhance visibility and ensure rapid response across the country.

The PNP chief also emphasized the importance of proactive policing strategies to deter crime and enhance community safety.

In his directive, Gen. Marbil instructed that patrol officers conduct regular foot patrols in urban centers, residential areas, and other high-traffic locations to maintain a presence and engage directly with community members.

Rapid-response motorcycle units will patrol key areas to ensure swift mobility and the ability to quickly respond to incidents and emergencies.

On Thursday last week, Las Piñas City Police Station Tactical Motorcycle Riding Unit members Police Master Sergeants Avelino Lopez and Warren Bong Panton were wounded in a gunfight with a fleeing robber whom they eventually gunned down.

Gen. Marbil and National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Major Gen. Jose Melencio C. Nartatez Jr. commended the two wounded officers whose quick reaction effectively prevented the armed suspect to escape.

According to Southern Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Leon Victor Z. Rotete, the two suffered gunshot wounds in their legs but were declared out of danger.

The two motorcycle patrollers responded to a robbery incident inside the Olivarez Guevarra Subdivision in Brgy. Manuyo Dos.

It turned out that the suspect scaled the wall of the victim and later stole the latter’s pistol. Alerted by the incident, the two policemen ended up exchanging fire with the suspect.

Gen. Marbil said that thru their Oplan Galugad, police will focus on thorough searches and inspections in designated areas, particularly those known for having high crime rates to disrupt and dismantle criminal activities.

On the other hand, their Oplan Sita will involve systematic checkpoints and routine stops to check for legal compliance and prevent the movement of contraband and illegal items.

Marbil called upon all police officers to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and community engagement during these operations.

At the same time, he also highlighted the importance of community cooperation and encouraged citizens to support these efforts by reporting suspicious activities and providing feedback on the effectiveness of the patrols.

Earlier, Brig. Gen. Rosete called on the public to maintain vigilance and quickly report all suspicious activities in the streets and their neighborhood to help authorities fight criminals, specifically motorcycle-riding robbers and killers.

SPD agents have arrested a number of armed lawbreakers as a result of their intensified checkpoints and patrols.

Last week, Pasay City policemen arrested two motorcycle-riding men who yielded an improvised pistol with a live ammunition and a fragmentation grenade.