DAGUPAN CITY – Police Superintendent Christopher N. Abrahano and the City Police Strategy Management Unit (CPSMU) chaired by Councilor Jose Netu M. Tamayo launched on July 31 the project Intensified Mobile Patrolling to Arrest Crime Trends ( IMPACT).
Project IMPACT complements Lambat Sibat’s “One Time, Big Time” operation in deterring crimes in the city. It is a rapid deployment of large/multiple units in an area perceived to be a crime hot spot.
“This is using all PNP approaches to abate crime and improve public perception. Because we cannot be present in all places at all times what we will do is to use a systematic, deliberate and planned actions where resources from other areas in the city will be channeled to an area where the crime rate is high in a particular time. This is also to ensure that there will be concentration of patrol and other police activities geared towards crime prevention in the area,” said Abrahano.
Abrahano, however, assured that other areas will not be left unwatched where a skeletal force along with force multipliers will remain to oversee the area.
He also disclosed that Project IMPACT will come as a surprise and the day or time or place which it will target will be kept unannounced.
Abrahano said Project IMPACT has been operating since January this year, resulting in the reduction of robbery incidents in the city from 105 last year for January to June to 65 for the same period this year.
“We have almost 50 percent reduction of the robbery incidents in our city because of our patrolling,"said Abrahano.
According to statistics, the crimes most committed in the city are physical injuries and thief in the central business district, robbery hold up in southern barangays and drug problems in Bonuan. The city is also averaging 14 incidents weekly, nine on thief and five on robbery.
Present during the launching were CPSMU vice chairman Dr. Ashok Vasandani, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Rhoderick M. Dawis and representatives coming from the religious and private sectors. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)