By Mielmia Marie T. Baquiran
In the recently held 1st Quarter Meeting for 2013 of the Cagayan Peace and Order Council at Kammaranan Hall, Capitol Hills, Tuguegarao City, the Cagayan Philippine National Police (PNP) reported a decrease of crimes in the province from 2011 to 2012.
The report revealed that police operations in the province for the past year resulted to a 9.7% decrease of crime incidents compared to year 2011. A total of 1, 027 crime incidents were recorded for 2012 and 1, 138 for year 2011. The record for 2012 compared to 2011 is lower by 111 incidents.
According to Cagayan PNP, this decrease in crime incidents for the said periods was attributed to the sustained implementation of efficient police operations, including the visibility of police officers in the different municipalities of the province. PNP also underscored the support of LGUs in their various operations in the fight against criminality.
The agency also reported the conduct of their foot/beat patrols, mobile patrols, checkpoints and field inspections in the province. PNP said that these activities intensified their fight in decreasing crimes in Cagayan.
Other interventions in the pursuit of crime reduction include the education of the community through information education communication (IEC) campaigns, conduct of symposia and seminars, and the establishment of Barangay Intelligence Networks (BINs).
Meanwhile, to address public safety and to maintain efficient traffic management throughout the province, PNP also implemented operation plans such as the Oplan VISA or the Verification, Identification of Stickers Authenticity of motorcycle vehicles.
PNP said that it will continue to adhere to its mandate in maintaining peace and order in the province and to exert efforts in the fight against crimes, insurgencies and disharmony in Cagayan.