City PNP Chief Says 'Time to Review, Shift to New Strategy vs. Robbers'

If the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) cannot sustain high visibility against robbery and holdup, will it succeed in shifting to covert patrolling to cacth the culprits?

After assuring Bacolod residents, for several times, that police visibility in the city was being improved against crimes, the city police chief this time is blaming the “over-stretching” of his personnel for visibility.

“Personnel of the BCPO is overstretched,” claimed Senior Supt. Jack Wanky, acting city police director.

“Overstretched na po yung mga personnel natin para sa police visibility,” Wanky said in reaction to the call of Bacolod Councilor Ceasar Distrito, echoing the public clamor, to intensify the presence of policemen especially in the downtown area.

Wanky pointed out that the BCPO is overstretched, in answer to calls for increased police visibility amid reports of increased hold-up and petty crimes in the city.

“Ever since we have enhanced our patrolling and visibility with the rise of robbery and holdup incidents, maybe it is high time to review our strategy and shift to covert patrolling in order to catch the suspects. It seems that we are being patterned by the robbers,” Wanky said.

Records have shown a rise in the commission of crimes just in the downtown area.*(NDB)



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