Crime incidents in Iloilo City during the second week of March this year dropped to 29 percent compared to the same period last year.

Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) recorded a total of 45 crime incidents from March 8-14, 2019 compared to 63 incidents from March 9 to 15, 2018.

Chief Insp. Ruel F. Firmo, ICPO operations head, said the decrease in crime incidents was due to continuous deployment of police personnel, police interventions, operations and maximum police visibility.

“We assure you that ICPO ensures the deployment of police personnel in every area of responsibility so that we can prevent or minimize incidents in the city,” Firmo said.

ICPO conducted a one-time big-time operation wherein 12 wanted persons were arrested first week of March.

ICPO also arrested two drug personalities second week of March.

“We also had our saturation drives, anti-smoking and enforcement of city ordinances,” Firmo said.

ICPO conducted 65 checkpoint operations, and 21 saturation drives.

ICPO is also planning to create a team that will focus on riding-in-tandem.

“We are going to offer to the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) our plan of creating a motorized team who will monitor the riding-in-tandem suspects. This team existed before but was not sustained, and we would like to bring it back with the help of everyone,” Firmo added.

ICPO is currently coordinating with PSTMO in making the radio frequency connection as one to make their communication direct from ICPO to PSTMO.

ICPO is sustaining its interventions in distributing leaflets about crime awareness, visiting barangays, information drives, as well as continuous patrol.

“ICPO is very much thankful to the cooperation of the community, wherein it helped us sustain the continuous decrease in crime volume,” Firmo said. (Roger Paul Timothy L. Lacuarta/Iloilo City PIO)

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