(Yearender) QCPD acquires high-tech equipment in 2009 amid tough challenges

December 31, 2009 11:40 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 31 – Amid the tough challenges in fighting criminality, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) acquired high-technology equipment in 2009 through the help of Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte.

In a bid to deter criminal activities, at least 50 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been in strategic areas of the city this year.

QCPD director Chief Supt. Elmo San Diego said they are thankful to Mayor Belmonte Jr. for the installation of the cameras in key several areas.

Areas like Eastwood City in Libis expressed interest in the project as the CCTV cameras will be able to monitor activities of individuals including those with criminal inclinations in the area 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Despite the CCTV cameras being accepted as tool to discourage criminal acts, Quezon City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) head Pacifico Maghacot said only two out of the 95 banks registered in the city have complied with the ordinance requiring them to set up CCTV cameras within the vicinity of their offices.

The CCTV system has been instrumental in driving away criminals and identifying individuals committing lawlessness as it uses video cameras to transmit signals.

The QCPD has declared a 21.28-percent decrease in crime incidence as criminality was reduced by 113 cases in February this year compared to the 518 incidents recorded

New mobile cars on the go

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has implemented a novel way of deterring crime by fielding mobile cars in “threes” instead of the usual single vehicle patrolling the city’s major thoroughfares.

The project dubbed “chain link” utilizes three mobile patrol cars instead of only one patrolling a specific area to further reinforce police visibility and deter criminal elements from doing their illegal acts.

“It’s more of making the public feel safer especially if they see three patrol cars instead of one roving the city’s major streets,” San Diego said.

The project practically works like chain and its effectiveness will be assessed periodically for improvement and for adoption of other police patrol methods, the QCPD chief said.

Positive results were noted in areas such as the whole stretch of Quezon, Araneta and E. Rodriguez avenues. The QCPD has expanded it into other areas.

Cops as teachers

QCPD has its own version of CNN hero Efren “Kuya Ef” Peñaflorida’s “pushcart classroom” where the teachers are members of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).

The CNN hero for 2009 launched his new “kariton” (pushcart) program at the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal, Quezon City which would hopefully benefit the city’s street children.

QCPD director Chief Superintendent Elmo San Diego said policemen with a background in education are in charge of the 13 to 14 new pushcart classrooms.

“We will get cops from the community relations units who have a background in teaching to man the pushcarts,” he told reporters.

Dubbed “Kariton ni Kuya Ef sa QCPD,” the program is the QCPD’s way of providing poor children with educational opportunities even outside the classroom.

Each of the QCPD’s 12 police stations will be in charge of running a pushcart classroom while the QCPD headquarters may handle one or two more.

The pushcart classrooms will be stationed in specific areas in Quezon City, particularly in slum communities.

San Diego said the street children would be taught reading, writing and simple math by QCPD cops. (PNA) LAP/JCA

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