The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) under the chairmanship of Mayor John Dalipe has given its imprimatur on the 7-point strategy that the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) planned to pursue in the fight against all forms of criminality in the city.
Dalipe convened April 25 the second quarter meeting of CPOC at City Hall Conference Room during which city police director Col. Alexander Lorenzo presented the anti-crime plan in his way forward after reporting to the august body the city’s crime statistics for the period Jan. 1 to April 14, this year.
Foremost of his recommendations was the “enhanced crime prevention strategy outside the 7-km radius from the city proper to address crime incidents in far-flung areas.”
He also suggested “policy actions of the local government unit to install CCTV cameras in the barangays and mobilize their force multipliers jointly with their police and military counterparts.”
The police chief also underscored the need to create media warriors in all sectors of the community to help the police detect and address the crime incidents.
Furthermore, Lorenzo stressed that all Police Station commanders and investigators will be given timeline to clear/solve the crimes under their respective areas of jurisdiction.
He also pushed for the reward system for better outcomes and services for both the informant/s and the operating unit/s.
Also part of his way forward was to pursue the permanent site for radio repeater in Barangay Dulian through LGU support, and the need for gas allocation, personnel protective gear and communication equipment to sustain the security operations of the ZCPO and Joint Task Force Zamboanga.
Coincidentally, Zamboanga City tallied a total crime volume of 669 from Jan. 1 to April 14, this year, exactly the same volume as it was for the same period last year.
Of this year’s total, 82.21% or 550 crime incidents were solved, 630 or 94.17% were cleared and 39 or 5.83% were still under investigation.
However, shooting incidents went up to 24 (from 22 per last report), of which 7 transpired in April, 6 in March, 6 in February and 5 in January. Of these figures, 6 have been cleared, 7 solved and 11 under investigation.-(Vic Larato) (photo credits: Kathy Wee Sit)
Source: City Government of Zamboanga FB page