ILOILO – The Philippine National Police purchased 42 new patrol vehicles to beef up police visibility in areas prone to crimes and ensure responsive police precincts in rural areas here.
According to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., the new logistic support will boost the capability of municipal police force to respond to crime incidents and to hunt down criminals.
“Vehicles are important in the operation of our policemen. Without this, they will have a hard time running after felons,” he stressed.
The patrol cars will be blessed and turned over to the province by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Senen Sarmiento and Police Director General Ricardo Marquez on October 2 at 8:00 am in Iloilo Provincial Capitol grounds.
Earlier this year, Iloilo Police Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas urged the mayors of the 42 municipal governments to invest in so-called Police Assistance Trailer for the Rule of Law (PATROL).
The proposed mobile police precinct, which may cost around P200,000, aims to “provide closer assistance to community with a more comfortable and decent ambiance in times of need.”
The Iloilo Police Provincial Office made the proposal in relation to Sandigan Master Plan, an anti-criminality master plan dated December 3, 2001 and PNP Patrol Plan 2030.
Both plans prescribe strategies to be undertaken by PNP Offices to attain the vision of “a highly capable, effective and credible police service working in partnership with a responsive community towards the attainment of a safer place to live, work, and do business.”
According to Salinas, the project involves a mobile compact unit that shall be composed of a three- man team, at the least, equipped with an efficient communications system (i.e. SAT Phones).
There should also be a computer system with internet capability and any available tracking system (i.e. GPS), audio-visual equipment (for its information campaign), medical first aid kits and educational paraphernalia.
Equipped with a least 15kva power generator that may render its equipment active when power is not available, this mobile compact unit is converted from a 12 or 15-seater bus or a modified container van which shall be deployed in districts or barangays within Iloilo province during special and or significant festivities.
Salinas said the project is multipurpose since it can be used as information campaign carousel, a quick response and coordinating unit, communication relay station and pre-emptive strike unit.
Despite the new patrol cars from their headquarters, Salinas hoped that the mayors can take a look at the proposal for improved and effective crime prevention. JAN