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Mayor Abby: Makati to provide Makati cops with motorcycles, body cameras

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June 8, 2018

Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938

 

 

Mayor Abby: Makati to provide Makati cops with motorcycles, body cameras

 

 

Makati Mayor Abby Binay has announced that the city government will provide new motorcycles and body cameras to the local police to boost its crime-fighting capability.

 

Last Wednesday, the mayor turned over 22 brand new patrol vehicles for the Makati Police Department at the Circuit Makati grounds. These included 18 units of Mitsubishi Strada and four units of Toyota Avanza.

 

“Tutulungan po namin ang kapulisan, hindi po namin kayo pababayaan. Susuklian po namin ang serbisyo na ibinibigay ninyo sa lungsod,” Mayor Abby vowed during the ceremony. (We will give our full support to the city police force; you will be duly rewarded for the services you render to our city.)

 

The mayor said the new patrol vehicles will help increase police visibility, which is an effective deterrent to crime. She noted that the police can also respond faster to emergencies, including crimes in progress, as a result of their enhanced mobility.

 

The mayor also welcomed some 100 new police personnel who were recently added to the existing 736-strong city police force.

 

She acknowledged the need for additional motorcycles to facilitate patrol operations in narrow streets and alleys, and to speed up response to crimes in progress especially during rush hour traffic.

 

She also pointed out that body cameras worn by the police would be in the best interest of both the law enforcers and the civilians, since recorded incidents can serve as evidence in the fair resolution of complaints or disputes arising from apprehensions.

 

“Mapoprotektahan po natin ang kapulisan kung mayroon pong abusado na hinuhuli. At the same time, mapoprotektahan din naman po yung mga taga-Makati kung mayroon naman pong abusado na pulis,” she said. (The use of body cameras will protect the police when an offender becomes abusive. At the same time, it will provide protection to residents against an abusive police officer.)

 

“This will entail a level of transparency and good governance that will benefit the entire community,” the mayor said, adding that wearing a body camera will help the police to be better law enforcers who will be embraced by the community.

 

Mayor Abby also reminded the police to use the new government vehicles “correctly, properly and efficiently" and refrain from doing things that put the reputation of the police in a bad light. She asked them to avoid sleeping inside their patrol cars as they can easily be caught on camera and become trending on social media.

 

At the turnover, the mayor also praised the new acting city police chief, SSupt. Rogelio Simon, for the remarkable achievements of the local police since he came on board barely a month ago. She exhorted him to sustain the day-and-night operations being conducted against all forms of public disturbance and illegal activities in the barangays as well as in the Central Business District (CBD).

 

“Ako po ay nagagalak na ang aking panglima nang Chief of Police mula nang ako ay naupo noong 2016, ay mukhang ang pinakagusto ko so far, as of today. Bakit? Marami siyang nahuhuli. Whether it be a minor offense, like drinking in public, hubo’t hubad na naglalakad sa kalye. I think it’s a first step towards instilling discipline sa mga taga Makati,” Mayor Abby said.

 

She also reiterated the city’s firm commitment to promote drug-free communities, through sustaining the anti-drug campaign, and the strict implementation of curfew for minors, among other measures.

 

“Kaya mapuno man ang aming mga presinto, hindi po kami mapapagod. Hindi po dapat mapagod ang kapulisan kakahuli sa inyo,” the mayor said, referring to street dwellers, beggars, and illegal ambulant vendors. She noted that these minor offenses can lead to bigger issues, and should not be allowed to proliferate in the city.

 

In response, Simon lauded the city government of Makati led by Mayor Abby for its strong support for the police. He said the new equipment will enhance their efficiency and improve the delivery of services to the public.

 

 Since the new police chief took his post last May 10, his office has already conducted 20 anti-illegal drugs operations, which led to the arrest of 51 drug suspects and the confiscation of dangerous drugs appraised by the Dangerous Drugs Board to be worth around P8,000.

 

Simon also reported the conduct of 17 Anti-Illegal Gambling operations which resulted in the arrest of 42 offenders and filing of 17 criminal cases against adult suspects.  

 

Meanwhile, intensified operations also led to the apprehension of 31 individuals with outstanding warrants of arrest, one of whom turned out to be the No. 1 most wanted in Makati, and the No. 2 most wanted person in the Southern Police District.

 

Earlier, the city government turned over a mobile command vehicle and two rescue boats with firefighting gear to the Makati police.

 

Makati has been named among the top ten “safest and most peaceful cities in Southeast Asia” by Numbeo, a global crowd-sourced database which provides current information on global living conditions, including cost of living, health care, traffic, crime and pollution.

 

In a report released by Numbeo, Makati ranked fifth among the region’s top ten safest cities, with 39.56 percent crime rate and 60.44 percent safety rate.

 

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