Metro cops beef up foot patrols

The National Capital Region Police Office has deployed 656 additional men to reinforce the initial batch of cops  patrolling the streets to  keep the  peace and order in Metro Manila as the holiday season draws near.

NCRPO director Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao last week led the turnover of 656 police trainees and 180 field training officers to the five police districts in Metro Manila—Southern Police District, Manila Police District, Eastern Police District, Northern Police District and Central Police District to strengthen the beat patrol system.

Pagdilao said the move was intended by  Philippine National Police director Ricardo Marquez to reduce crimes in the metropolis  especially during the so-called “ber “ months from October to December.

The training officers, who completed their 15-day supervisor training at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, are tasked to supervise the recruits who will undergo five-month compulsory training in the five police districts.

Their exposure to foot patrol  is part of their Public Safety Field Training Program and a requirement in the PNP.

The trainees will put into practice what they learned from their six months Public Safety Basic Recruit Course while within the five months period, they will undergo on the ground training on how to respond and enforce the law on actual situations.

Pagdilao spearheaded the closing seremony of PNP Special Counter Insurgency Operation Unit Training and Opening of Field Training Officers Development Program.

He said 152 policemen completed the 45 days rigid training for SCOUT and 108 to undergo the development program.

The SCOUT training focused in developing their skills and efficiency on Search and Rescue, air to ground operation, jungle survival training, and water-borne operations.

This training is mandatory for all Police Officers 1 assigned with maneuver units/ public safety forces such as the Regional Public Safety Battalion and District Public Safety Battalion. The training is also geared toward developing their competence in addressing arising crime trends.

Pagdilao encouraged the police officers to continue upgrading  their skills to be able to cope with any situation.

“Police presence and appearance is performance. Our presence should be felt in the streets. However, let us be the first to abide with the laws before we enforce it. We are a uniformed organization and being that, we must be the most disciplined and most skilled. People rely on us; let us not fail them,” he said.

In his recent memorandum, Pagdilao said the deployed policemen will focus on street patrol along major thoroughfares, vital and financial installations, and places of convergence in Metro Manila such as Metro Railways and Light Railways Transit systems, bus terminals and shopping centers.

The NCRPO earlier warned the public against members of criminal groups expected to increase in Metro Manila and other parts of the country as the Christmas season draws near.

The authorities called on citizens to do their part to lessen and prevent criminal activities.

Over the weekend, the Southern Police District presented to mediamen 131- persons arrested for their involvement in various criminal activities in the cities of Pasay, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Makati and Taguig.

SPD director Henry Ranola Jr. said his men from the District Anti-Illegal Drugs, Intelligence Units and Anti-Carnapping Group arrested the suspects in separate operations last week.

Sixty-four of the 131 suspects were arrested for their involvement in drug dealing while 28 were the subjects of warrants of arrest for cases of murder, and the rest were involved in theft and robbery.

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