POLICE COMMANDERS ORDERED TO INCREASE POLICE VISIBILITY, STEP UP CRIME PREVENTION EFFORTS IN TOURIST SPOTS

POLICE COMMANDERS ORDERED TO INCREASE POLICE VISIBILITY, STEP UP CRIME PREVENTION EFFORTS IN TOURIST SPOTS

Philippine National Police Director for Operations PMGen Valeriano de Leon 

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — On Saturday, July 16, the Philippine National Police, through Director for Operations PMGEN VALERIANO T. DE LEON ordered all police commanders in their respective areas of responsibility to increase police visibility and crime prevention measures, especially in tourist spots.

The order was in immediate compliance with the directive of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to increase the deployment of policemen in tourist spots in the country to ensure that both local and foreign tourists are safe from criminal elements.

“We understand the logic behind the order of our Commander-In-Chief, President Marcos, to ensure that all areas in the country, especially tourist spots, are safe because tourism plays a big part in the economic recovery plan of the new administration,” said De Leon.

“Thus, the OIC PNP, PLTGEN VICENTE DANAO, JR., wants to ensure that all of our police commanders down to the precinct level and municipal police stations comply,” he continued.

De Leon stated that the security measures in the country’s tourist destinations should supplement the prior reminders to all police commanders to regularly update crime mapping in their respective AORs.

He added that this should be accompanied by increased intelligence gathering efforts to identify criminal elements and threat groups in various regions of the country.

“Crime mapping is essential because it gives our commanders an advantage in preparing and implementing measures to prevent crimes at a specific time and location.”

De Leon said, “This should be paired with reliable intelligence data about which groups are operating in particular areas.”

“If this is executed properly, we will be at least one step ahead of these criminal elements and will be able to provide our countrymen with peace of mind in terms of law and order,” he added.

De Leon also reminded police commanders to comply with the order of Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Benhur Abalos to intensify efforts to account for loose firearms in the country, stating that loose firearms are usually the primary weapon used to commit crimes.

De Leon stated, “Let’s do our part for economic recovery by performing well in terms of peace and order, which will benefit our country.” (ai/mtvn)

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