Wednesday, 05 January 2011 13:32
The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) will intensify police visibility as it vows to lower street crimes this year as well as prevent kidnapping incidents and terrorism in the city.
The Officer in Charge of the ZCPO P/ Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo said “the Chief PNP’s number one priority is reducing street crimes.”
Street crimes includes pick pocketing, snatching and selling of fake commodities. Thieves usually snatch jewelries, cellphones and bags while those involved in pickpocket usually steal wallets.
The City Police will also follow the Philippine National Police (PNP) Integrated Transformation Program which was started by retired PNP Chief Jesus Versoza which is the roadmap to a more responsive and transformed PNP.
The program presents a comprehensive and holistic approach to reform the PNP of its present institutional framework, policies, systems, structures, and procedures.
Its vision, goals, and targets as well as its specific programs, projects, and activities were formulated to support the achievement of the overall reform objective for the entire criminal justice system to be able to provide speedy, impartial, and accessible justice.
The design of the program also aims to support in achieving the PNP reform goal of enhancing delivery of peace and order and public safety services within the context of an improved public trust and confidence in our criminal justice system.
De Ocampo said “itong PNP Integrated Transformation Program ang magiging bible namin.”
Meanwhile, De Ocampo said that last year, the biggest challenge for him was the continuous shooting incidents which happened in Barangays Mampang, Arena Blanco, and Talon Talon.
He also said that the public is starting to put back their trust again on the policemen and the city is still booming since business establishments continue to rise.
The City Police Director said “Zamboanga City is very unique. Hindi pwedeng icompare sa ibang City, this is the melting pot and convergence of ethnic tribes.”
De Ocampo was appointed as Officer in Charge of the ZCPO last January 9, 2010 replacing Senior Superintendent Amador Corpus, who assumed as Provincial Director of Tarlac Provincial Police Office in Luzon.
By R.G. Go
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