ZCPO intensifies anti-crime drive PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:23

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) continues its efforts to implement various anti-criminality campaigns in a bid to maintain peace and order, and to address the different security threats in the City.

In his report at the weekly press conference at City Hal Monday, April 7, Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro highlighted the accomplishments of the ZCPO for the month of March which included operations against drugs, illegal gambling, loose firearms, and smuggling.

For the month of March, the ZCPO conducted 16 operations against wanted persons which resulted in 22 arrests. On the other hand, anti-drug operations spearheaded by the Anti-Drug Special Operations Task Force resulted in the arrest of 42 individuals, and recovery of one kilo and 89 sachets of suspected shabu.

On the campaign against loose firearms, the ZCPO conducted 11 operations which resulted in the recovery of various firearms, and 20 arrests, while operations against illegal logging resulted in the recovery of 3 truckloads of assorted lumbers, and 8 arrests.

Sixty two slot machines were among those confiscated during the 36 operations conducted by the ZCPO as part of the intensified crackdown against illegal gambling.

Police forces also successfully recovered 10 units of motorcycles, confiscated 4,000 sacks of smuggled rice which were duly turned over to the Bureau of Customs, and rescued 11 persons who were to be trafficked to Malaysia, said Casimiro.

In addition to anti-criminality campaigns, the ZCPO also intensified the implementation of traffic laws and City Ordinances, in coordination with the City Government. These efforts, said Casimiro, have resulted in the confiscation of 1,438 driver licenses for various traffic violations.

Meawhile, Casimiro reassured the public that there will be no let-up in the security efforts of the ZCPO, and that they remain on full alert in order to address security threats in the City. Police forces will continue to man checkpoints and maintain their visibility in key strategic areas. Casimiro, however, cautioned the public against fake highway checkpoints, especially during the night. Genuine officers of the ZCPO, he said, can be identified by their reflectorized vests.

Plans and preparations for a tighter security are also as the City readies itself for the upcoming Lenten season and the installation of Archbishop Romulo dela Cruz on May 14.

Casimiro said that programs and policies which serve to police and cleanse their own ranks within the ZCPO are in place in order to maintain the gains and the integrity of the organization. He cited frequent reorganization, along with random drug testings, as among the measures being implemented to “protect our own people from being eaten up by the system”.

He added that personnel who test positive for drugs are immediately dismissed from the service. — Jasmine Mohammadsali