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Shooting incidents in the region down: PRO1 director

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The number of shooting incidents in the region went down during the period December 2012 to January 2013.

Police Chief Superintendent Ricardo C. Marquez, PRO1 director said records from the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) showed a 38% drop of shooting incidents from a total of 58 in December last year to just 36 in the month of January this year.

As this developed, Marquez lauded all the chiefs of police and provincial directors of the four provinces for their collective effort in bringing down the number of shooting incidents in the region during a command conference held here last February 19.

“I commend my men for doing such remarkable deeds that make the people we serve feel more secured and safe…we will make sense of what we have,” Marquez said.

Upon assumption of office, the regional director  issued several directives for the implementation of his operational guidelines and initiatives that are geared towards better police performance in order to best serve the public.

Those directives include having police officers and patrol vehicles present where they matter most, especially at nighttime, implementation of minimum of 12 hours duty for patrol officers to sustain alertness, deployment of maneuver companies to widen police presence, continuous conduct of sustained checkpoints, search warrant and warranted arrest operations targeting criminal groups engaged in gun-for-hire, and ensuring that mobility and communication equipments are working.

The regional director also urged the chiefs of police to have a patrol plan devised that is based from the current situation of their locality for better direction and improved outcome.

Meanwhile,  patrol cars issued to all police stations were inspected to check their condition and identify police stations with defective patrol vehicles that will be prioritized for repairs.

“We need to ensure that our mobility assets are operational to be utilized anytime by our policemen in the discharge of their duties,” Marquez stressed.#