Ilocos Norte using CARTs in fighting crimes

February 7, 2015 1:32 pm 

LAOAG CITY, Feb. 7, 2015 — A Police CART started to roll in Ilocos Norte in a bid to strengthen police visibility in various tourist destinations and crime prone areas of the province.

CART, which stands for Community Assistance and Referral Team, is a project of Senior Superintendent Sterling Raymund Blanco, where people who need police assistance can go and seek help.

Manned by three patrollers composed of two policemen and one policewoman, the Police CART was launched Wednesday in the presence of Governor Imee Marcos during the celebration here of the 24th Foundation anniversary of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the Ilocos Norte police provincial office in Camp Captain Valentin Juan in Laoag City.

Senior Superintendent Blanco said the Police CART is deployed in areas of convergence, tourist destinations and crime prone areas where strong police presence is needed.

“The police officers, manning the Police CART, are the immediate responders to all complaints reported by the people in the area,” said Blanco, who first initiated the project when he was officer-in-charge of the Police Provincial Office in Pangasinan.

“The CART has the semblance of a mini mobile police station where members of the community could immediately seek assistance, refer cases and provide information on matters concerning peace and order,” Blanco added.

Initially, 10 Police CARTs were built and were deployed in strategic places in Laoag City, Batac City, San Nicolas, Bacarra, Paoay, Currimao, Burgos, Bangui, Badoc and Pagudpud.

Governor Marcos assured the expansion of the project in all towns in the province to ensure the safety and security of all tourists and visitors. (PNA)

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