LEGAZPI CITY: The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol recorded a very dismal performance in 2013 with the region’s crime volume increasing and its crime solution lagging.
As this developed, Bicol police director Chief Supt. Victor Deona warned his police chiefs to shape up or face the consequences. Deona took over as Bicol police chief in October last year replacing Chief Supt. Clarence Guinto who retired from the service.
Deona was the region’s former deputy regional director for administration.
Citing the 2013 performance reports, the region’s police chief said that in 2013, his office’s crime solution efficiency (where suspects were arrested and cases filed) averaged only 20 percent and its crime clearance efficiency (cases were filed against suspects at large) averaged a mere 44 percent.
During a regional command conference last month, he ordered his men to raise crime solution to at least 35 percent and crime clearance to 50 percent.
Deona told his police chiefs late last month about a monthly performance evaluation starting in February and warned them that a failed performance in three months would lead to the relief of the police chiefs involved.
Of the 40,332 crimes reported last year, only 18,384 were cleared and only 7,615 were solved.
The Bicol police have earned the moniker “Philippine Nap Police” and retired mayor Jose Arcangel of Jovellar town quipped that the napping policemen cannot be expected to solve big crimes because they cannot even arrest or stop illegal gambling such as jueteng rampant in barangays.
Topping the 2013 regional crime incidence list is Camarines Sur with 11,392, followed by Albay with 10,220, Naga City with 7, 175 cases, Masbate with 5,035, Camarines Norte with 2971, Catanduanes with 2,137, and Sorsogon with 1,401 cases.