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Police alert up for gangs
as classes start

BY ADRIAN NEMES III

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City policemen are closely monitoring school gangs in public and private institutions with the schools opening on Monday.

Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, Negros Occidental police director, said they are coordinating with school administrators to curb recruitment of students into gangs.

Guisihan said many students get into trouble because they join gangs. Parents should know who their children’s peers are in and outside their school, he said.

Joining gangs, he added, also detracts from the study habits of students.

Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, Bacolod police director, said the Police Community Relations Branch is in constant meetings with the Department of Education to discuss plans on how to eliminate street gangs that recruit students.

De la Paz said some of these gangs inflict injuries on those who want to join their group through hazing. He said students who join a certain group should see to it that they are in good company.

Aside from gangs, the police are also intensifying their campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs in schools.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency recently said there are eight public schools in Bacolod and in Negros Occidental under their surveillance because of information that they have students who are into illegal drug peddling.

Two big universities in the province are also being monitored by PDEA as drug peddlers allegedly plan to circulate illegal drugs in them. Meanwhile, security preparations in Bacolod and in Negros Occidental are in place as public schools open on Monday.

Guisihan said he has instructed the police chiefs in towns and cities to deploy policemen in schools and establish police assistance centers to immediately respond to untoward incidents.

NOPPO has also asked the help of force multipliers to coordinate with the highway patrol group in manning the traffic in the highways.

In Bacolod, 60 policemen from the Regional Training School were assigned to help the Traffic Management Unit decongest the city’s main thoroughfares, De la Paz said.

He asked the for the extension of police patrols in universities and, at the same time, appealed to parents not to allow their children to bring valuables to school.*APN

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