‘Tourist cops’ now on duty

THE National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) yesterday deployed a battalion of highly trained police officers in various tourists spots and attractions in Metro Manila.

NCRPO director Chief Supt. Nicanor Bartolome said personnel from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) have been deployed to provide increased police visibility and security in key tourists spots in the metropolis.

“These police officers, touted as ‘tourist police,’ are deployed mainly to assist foreign nationals that are visiting the country and exploring different parts of Metro Manila,” Bartolome said.

He explained the cops will cover a two 12-hour shifts starting from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

They will be deployed in Mandaluyong, Pasay and Manila area, vicinities of SM Mall of Asia, Intramuros, Adriatico St., UP Manila, Divisoria, Binondo and Roxas Blvd., which are areas teeming with foreign tourists.

“The deployment of tourist police is part of the NCRPO’s commitment to making police services more accessible to foreigners and help in making Metro Manila tourist-friendly,” Bartolome said.

He said the police personnel are very conversant in English and are also trained in customer service relations.

“This is like a mobile version of the quality service lane,” the NCRPO chief said.

The deployment of tourist police came two months after the tragic bus hostage-taking incident in Luneta, Manila, where eight tourists from Hong Kong and the lone hostage-taker were killed in a bungled police rescue operations.  Anthony Vargas

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