PNP gets ready for crime surge

EXPECTING a surge of crimes during the holiday season, the Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday vowed to intensify its campaign against criminal elements in the remaining months of the year.

PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo said he has issued a directive to all police field units to intensify operation against criminal elements and crime syndicates.

“I have given specific directives of intensifying police operations on the ground,” Bacalzo said. “Let us secure the safety of people on the streets and protect the communities from crime.”

He said he expects an immediate result of his marching order.

Bacalzo said all policemen are tasked to focus on street crimes, while specialized units such as the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will focus on syndicated crime groups.

The PNP chief said that Intelligence Group (IG) will concentrate in addressing terrorism concerns, while the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AID-SOTF) will continue in its campaign against illegal drugs.

“The other special [police] units will concentrate on their areas of concern such as the Highway Patrol Group, Maritime group and the other NSUs will continue their support functions,” Bacalzo said.

He added: “The impression of the public on how well we do our job is reflected in his feeling of security when he walks on the street at any time of the day or night. We shall hunt down syndicated crime groups, the most wanted and the most notorious persons.” Anthony Vargas

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