Police Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, regional director of Western Visayas, has ordered more intensified police visibility patrol following the heist at Gaisano City Mall at Araneta Street in Bacolod City, Wednesday.
The Enhanced Managing Police Operations concept should still be implemented, Pamuspusan said.
EMPO is used in evaluating crime occurrence, its causes, and modus to efficiently design the police operations to be conducted.
Pamuspusan said he will review and assess the augmentation of more police personnel for Bacolod.
“We can always do that (augmentation) after the training of about 400 police recruits,” Pamuspusan said.
He said he will also ask Police Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod City Police Office director, for his assessment and from there, the regional police headquarters will decide.
Pamuspusan, meanwhile, said he does not agree that all the Bacolod police were at the Ceres properties in Barangay Mansilingan and Lopez Jaena when the robbery happened in Gaisano.
“When I was informed of the situation, in fact, what I said is that the deputy should take care of the security and maintenance of peace in the city,” he said, adding that, “We cannot give the reason that since something happened in one part of Bacolod, we may neglect other parts of the city.”
He said his instruction is to maintain the peaceful situation in other parts in the city.
An immediate investigation and going after the perpetrators of the crime are the standing orders, before looking into the administrative lapses of concerned police officers, he also said.
The BCPO has already identified some of the suspects and Police Col. Romeo Baleros, director of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, is likewise supporting them in pursuing these targets, Pamuspusan added.
On Wednesday, armed robbers ransacked two jewelry stores in the Gaisano City Mall using a mallet, one of them fired a gun, and they carted away about P4.5 million worth of jewelry.*
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