Crime incidents in Western Visayas reduced by about 40 percent last year compared to year 2009, Police Regional Office-6 Operations chief, Senior Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz said yesterday.
Dela Paz, who was in Bacolod yesterday to supervise the simulation exercise in robbery incident response, said the most number of cases recorded involved physical injuries as a result of too much intake of alcoholic beverages, thefts and robberies.
This year, Dela Paz said, they are working on reducing the number of crime-prone areas in the region.
He also said they will regularly conduct those simulation exercises to check on flaws and the things to improve their response procedures when real crimes occur.
Bacolod City Police Office Director, Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, said that, during the simulation exercise on Sunday he was dismayed, as the policemen of one of the precincts were not able to arrest the supposed suspects despite the fact that the taxi where they were on board passed them several times.
Dela Paz, however, said this does not mean that the simulation exercise was a failure because the activity was designed to identify the procedural lapses of the policemen and so they would be corrected.
The simulation exercise was ordered by Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Cepriano Querol after the recent bank robbery in Iloilo City
With the simulation exercise, Dela Paz said he believes they are more ready to respond to a crime occurrence like robberies.*APN