Police Equips Students with Crime Prevention Skills

DOPPO Provincial Director PSSUPT Harry G. Espela talks to the media during the Kapihan sang Kapitolyo on Sept. 6.

DAVAO ORIENTAL— A massive awareness campaign against criminality is being advocated by the Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office (DOPPO) focusing on the schoolchildren who are among the most vulnerable group to criminal incidents.

In a media forum called Kapihan sang Kapitolyo on September 6 at the new Tourism Activity Center, Police Chief Inspector Ariel F. Nuevo, DOPPO Police Community Relations Officer, said that schools from the province have participated in the anti-criminality campaign since the advocacy kicked off on September 1. The advocacy is in observance of the National Crime Prevention Week which is observed every first week of September.

Created through a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Police Commission (NaPolCom), the DOPPO personnel facilitated the organization of Student Crime Prevention Committee. This school organization will become a recognized school body that will be established not only in time for the observance of the National Crime Prevention Week but also as a strategy to prevent crime through the formulation of crime prevention programs.

The DOPPO personnel also inspected the school’s own School Safety Plan and further initiated a dialogue with the different schools in cooperation with their line units to generate community awareness and appreciation of the importance of crime prevention.

With the provincial government’s consistent effort to tone down the crime index in the province, other government agencies and law enforcement bodies have converged in implementing projects and activities that focus on combatting the eventuality of criminality.

“Crime prevention will not succeed if the PNP and the community do not work together,” says DOPPO Provincial Director PSSUPT Harry G. Espela who noted a 0.7% reduction of crime incidence for the second quarter of this year. Crime incidence on the first quarter was at 31.82% which dropped to 31.12% in the second quarter. Espela attributed the significant crime incidence reduction to the massive information drive and awareness campaigns conducted by their force and other concerned units.

With this year’s theme “Pamayanang Mapagmasid, Kapayapaan ang Maihahatid”, other activities such as public dialogues on crime prevention, seminar, and capacity building have been conducted through the collaborative partnership among the community, law enforcement agencies, and local executives.

Espela said that their intensified campaign against criminality will continue even after the observance of the National Crime Prevention Week. By Riza Golez/Photo by Joel Owano

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