By Tracy Cabrera
Police personnel in Quezon province wear Santa Claus and other Christmas-related costumes while distributing materials warning the public to be alert against criminalities prevalent during the holiday season in a project dubbed “Santa COPS Information Campaign” launched last December 9. (Photo courtesy of the Quezon Provincial Police Office)
MANILA — In view of the upcoming holidays, newly appointed Quezon Provincial Police Office (QPPO) chief Colonel Audie Madrideo cautioned the public concerning criminal activities that may increase as Christmas and New Year approaches.
In a statement, Macerin advised the citizenry to be more attentive to possible crimes that may occur, particularly with regards to crimes against property as well as other illegal activities that would by perpetuated by unscrupulous individuals.
Meanwile, local police personnel in Quezon province donned Santa Claus and other colorful costumes as part of a province-wide public awareness campaign against holiday-related criminal activities.
Madrideo said the project dubbed as ‘Santa COPS Information Campaign’ was launched to warn the public of criminalities prevalent during Yuletide season.
The Quezon provincial director said that he assigned policemen to wear the costumes of Christmas characters or any identifiable popular mascots “to show the lighter side of the PNP and establish a good rapport with the public.”
Police forces in the province’s two cities and 39 towns distributed campaign leaflets and flyers on the streets, shopping malls, supermarkets, and other similar places to promote public awareness and safety against shoplifters, pickpockets, ‘basag-kotse’ (breaking car windows to open and ransack the vehicle) syndicates and other criminals.
Madrideo also reminded the public of the strict implementation of minimum health safety protocols like physical distancing and the proper wearing of face masks and face shields to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease or Covid-19.
Policemen also distributed free face masks and face shields during the Christmas campaign’s launch last Wednesday, December 9, 2020. (AI/MTVN)