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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Regional Police Director PBrig. Gen. Jack Wanky* PRO6 photo

The Police Regional Office 6 ordered police commanders in Western Visayas to further intensify police presence on the roads and communities, stressing that police visibility is an effective crime deterrent.

“We want our police to be seen in the streets and in different strategic areas, felt by the people and ready to respond to any call for assistance, anytime. Also, their presence will prevent the would-be criminals from committing a crime,” regional police director PBrig. Gen. Jack Wanky said.

In a statement, Wanky said the patrol operations will include foot and mobile patrols, Oplan Sita and Oplan Galugad, to ensure immediate response during any call for police assistance and to enhance police visibility across the region.

Wanky reminded all police commanders to ensure that their personnel are properly briefed before they are dispatched, and closely monitor and supervise the deployments.

In a directive issued to all regional police directors, PNP chief Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil said he wants to make sure that 85 percent of all police personnel are deployed to field duties—a move that will significantly reduce the number of officers assigned to office work.

“This initiative is designed to not only prevent crime, but also to build trust and rapport with the communities we serve,” Marbil said in another statement.

Also included are motorcycle patrols to ensure swift response to incidents and emergencies.*

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