(Metro News) Metro Manila safer after implementation of gun ban, says NCRPO

April 26, 2010 8:14 pm 

MANILA, April 26 – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Roberto Rosales on Monday cited the strict implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-imposed total gun ban for the decrease in the number of crimes committed in the metropolis.

”With the strict implementation of the Total Gun Ban on top of the intensified patrol and anti-criminality operations of the National Capital Region Police Office, Metro Manila is getting safer and more secured,” said Rosales.

According to NCRPO records, compared with the number of crime incidents registered last year (CY 2009), there are significant decreases in the monthly averages observed this year especially on high-profile crimes such as robbery, which was down by 35.4 percent (from 951 to 702 incidents per month); carnapping – down by 18.1 percent (from 152 to 129 incidents per month); murder – down by 8.45 percent (from 50 to 46 incidents per month); physical Injuries – down by 73.6 percent (from 1,056 to 608 incidents per month); and even rape which is down by 8.53 percent (from 46 to 42 incidents per month).

“NCRPO has positively gained so much in its effort to rid the metropolis of crimes but there is still a long way to go. The best insurance that we could have for a peaceful and orderly election is that we minimize crimes and the opportunity for its commission in our community,” Rosales said.

The NCRPO chief said that crimes that are preventable by visibility patrols and active negation operations like robbery, carnapping and physical injuries are the ones that registered substantial decreases. This means, Rosales claimed, that NCRPO’s anti-criminality program is working for the betterment of Metro Manila.

Rosales vowed to push reforms and to implement innovations in the way the police in Metro Manila perform their job. Last March, NCRPO completed the installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device in all its mobile patrol cars.

The GPS, based on the experience of Rosales as the district director of the Manila Police District has not only improved the supervision and monitoring capability of the police but more importantly lessened by more than half the response time of the police to a reported crime incident.

The more than 400 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras that have been installed also increased the capability of policemen to keep an eye over a certain area with lesser personnel.

Last week, the NCRPO jointly with the NCRCOM of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, launched the Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO) for HOPE (Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections). The joint patrol is meant to increase police visibility and with it provide police and military personnel, acting as law enforcement deputies of the Commission on Elections that have the capability to conduct rapid pursuit operations, backed up by superior firepower.

According to Rosales, the MASCO Teams are being deployed to areas that indicate intense political rivalry so as to diffuse possible tensions among candidates and supporters as well as immediately arrest individuals or groups that would wield firearms without the authorization from the Comelec.

“I would like to assure the peace-loving and law-abiding citizens of Metro Manila that you have nothing to fear from the MASCO Teams. They are our response to the threat of crime and terrorism in our metropolis. They are out to get the bad guys.” Rosales said.

The NCRPO chief reminded all district directors and chiefs of police in the metropolis to do their best to further improve the performance of their respective units and to continue trim down the number of crime incidents in their areas of jurisdiction. (PNA) LAP/MM

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