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WV crime down 27.33% during Holy Week

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Police Regional Office 6 reported a reduction of 27.33 percent in crime incidents during the Lenten Season celebrations in Western Visayas, although it recorded four drowning incidents in the same period.

In a report, PRO 6 recorded a reduction of 120 crime incidents compared to the previous year’s Holy Week, along with 38.89 percent less on 8 Focus Crimes, which include murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape, theft, robbery, carnapping of vehicles and motorcycle theft.

Both the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and Bacolod City Police Office also reported that the Holy Week celebrations ended on a generally peaceful note.

The decisive interventions and collective efforts of all line units through the effective implementation of the operational concepts focused on EMPO (Enhance Managing Police Operations) strategies contributed to the peaceful observance of the Holy Week, disclosed regional police spokesman PMaj. Socorro Grace Borio.

The PRO 6 deployed 3,100 police personnel to secure the Holy Week celebrations in the region, while 2,986 men and women of the Bureau of Fire and Protection, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Coast Guard were also mobilized.

PBrig. Gen. Jack Wanky, regional police director, lauded PNP members and other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders for a job well done, for their contribution in the success of securing Semana Santa 2024.*

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