Fewer crimes reported in 2010 – PNP

DESPITE the elections, police claimed it has recorded fewer criminal incidents during the first eleven months of the year compared to the same period last year.

The PNP’s Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) revealed that from January to end of November this year, total crime reported to the police stood at 276,872.

Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., PNP spokesman, said the figure is about 39.7 percent lower than the 459,130 criminal incidents the PNP recorded during the same period in 2009.

“The law enforcement efforts of the PNP have paid off…. crime incidents reported this year is down by as much as 39.7 percent as compared to what the PNP recorded last year,” Cruz said.

He also cited the two election gun-bans that the PNP implemented with the help of the Armed Forces and other security agencies this year in bringing down the number of criminal incidents.

“And of course let us not forget the two total election gunbans that we have implemented with the help of the AFP and other agencies… they have a big impact in the reduction of criminal incidents this year,” Cruz said.

The PNP spokesman said that despite some of problems in logistics, manpower and firepower the police are doing its best in crime prevention efforts.

“We are doing our best with the available resources to ensure the safety and security of the communities… the gains were achieved for the past years will serve as our motivation to provide better police service in 2011,” Cruz said.

The PNP spokesman said apart from regular police operations, joint letter directives between the PNP and AFP were signed to address the issue of criminality, insurgency and threat of terrorism in the country.

Director General Raul Bacalzo, PNP chief, commended the members of the police force, both uniformed and non-uniformed personnel for the gains they have achieved in 2010.

“Indeed, the year 2010 has been a year of trials, triumph and transition in the PNP, but amidst all these challenges we managed to prove our mettle and posted notable accomplishments,” Bacalzo said in a statement. Anthony Vargas

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