Beng conducts random check of police stations PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 July 2013 11:36

Mayor Beng Climaco has expressed dismay over lapses on proper police operational procedures which she observed during on-the-spot checks of police stations including the Central Police Station the past few days.

On this light, the mayor yesterday issued a memorandum directing and ordering the police to immediately undertake corrective and pro-active measures to address criminalities in the city and instill professionalism and discipline of all officers, personnel and subordinates under their command.

The directive is addressed to the Officer-in-charge, all heads of the different branches, City Public Safety Company Commander, all police station commanders, all community precinct commanders and all sector commanders—all of the Zamboanga City Police Office.

Mayor Climaco in her random checks of police stations and precincts have observed “tremendous laxity, inefficiency, lack of professionalism, discipline and decorum, incompetence, lack of knowledge and lapses on proper police operational procedures and the need for more initiative, sincerity and commitment to public service on the part of some officers and personnel of the Zamboanga City Police Office.

“These acts are totally unacceptable,” the disgusted mayor stated. She reminded policemen that the City Government continuously exerts utmost efforts to support the police office in terms of equipment, logistics and allowances to the officers and personnel of the ZCPO. “These are done through the proper usage of taxpayers’ money.”

She stressed: “We owe it to the people of Zamboanga City by returning to them what is due by performing your duties and functions appropriately, responsively and in accordance with the mandate of the laws, rules and regulations.”

Specifically, Mayor Climaco would like the police to ensure strict enforcement of laws and ordinances without fear or favour; prepare operational plan/s for the day and conduct daily briefings on matters relating to the details of the operational plans and conduct daily briefings on the roles, duties and responsibilities of all officers and personnel prior to their deployment on field; respond immediately to any incidents and provide appropriate assistance to the constituents; undertake pro-active measures to ensure security, tranquillity and peace and order within their respective AOR through the conduct of frequent daily patrols, random checkpoints specifically in strategic areas during day or night and inspection of riding-in-tandem motorcyclists in accordance with law and police operational procedures;  and strengthen intelligence networks, the gathering of information and intelligence analysis geared more towards crime prevention.

The mayor also directed police commanders to lead by example by constantly monitoring and conduct on the spot field inspections of all units under their command and the communities within their respective AOR rather than enjoying the comforts of their respective offices; ensure that police officers and personnel extend kindness and utmost courtesy to the public whether on or off duty, especially to those who visit their stations/ precincts to seek police help or assistance; instill discipline to the units and undertake immediate appropriate disciplinary measures against erring subordinates; undertake immediate measures for the barangay and the community under the AOR to be pro-actively involved in ensuring security, tranquillity, and peace and order within their respective AORs such as establishment and strengthening of the barangay intelligence networks and the proper utilization of barangay tanods, civilian volunteer organizations and the like and undertake and perform all necessary measures  to ensure security, tranquillity, and peace and order within the city and inculcate discipline of all officers and personnel of the ZCPO. — Sheila Covarrubias