Top NAPOLCOM, PNP officials lead 16th Nat'l Crime Prevention Month in Camp Crame

September 1, 2010 10:30 am 

MANILA, Sept. 1 – Top officials of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday led the kick-off ceremonies for the 16th National Crime Prevention Month in Camp Crame.

No less than NAPOLCOM vice chairman Eduardo Escueta and PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa led other top-ranking officials of the commission and the PNP during simple kick off ceremonies of the crime prevention month with the theme “Komunidad at Pulisya Magkasama Tungo sa Pagpapaunlad ng Bayan".

Aside from the NAPOLCOM and PNP officials, also present were representatives from the Department of Education (DEPED), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), leaders from the Evangelical, Catholic and Islam groups, youth sector and PNP-deputized non-government organizations (NGOs) from all over the country.

September is declared as National Crime Prevention Month under Presidential Proclamation 461 issued in 1994 by then President Fidel Ramos.

In his speech, Verzosa urged PNP personnel to double their efforts in preventing criminality throughout the country amidst controversies against the police following the botched hostage-taking at the Quirino Grandstand last August 23 that resulted in the killing of eight Hong Kong tourists and the hostage-taker, former Sr. Insp. Rolando Mendoza.

Also, Verzosa expressed the PNP’s deepest sympathies to for the unfortunate incident which is now under a thorough investigation.

For his part, Escueta offered a one-minute silence, apparently to pay respects to the victims of the hostage-taking.

Escueta also led the freeing of white doves which, he said, symbolized unity and peace in the country. (PNA)

LDV/MM

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