‘Safe’ 2014 Christmas PNP’s top concern

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THE Philippine National Police buckled down to work after resolving a leadership issue in the police organization that resulted from the six-month suspension of Director General Alan Purisima by the Office of the Ombudsman.

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The PNP officer-in-charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina in a statement on Monday reminded all police commanders of operational guidelines and procedures in maintaining peace and keeping order during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Yuletide in the Philippines starts December 16 with the traditional 9-day Misa de Gallo (simbang gabi or midnight Masses).

Espina said in the statement that the operational guidelines for “Ligtas Paskuhan (Safe Christmas) 2014” involve police presence, focused law enforcement, target hardening, police community partnership and information drives.

He added that police presence will be intensified through increased foot and mobile patrols and deployment of Route Safety Marshals in areas and times where and when they are most needed.

Espina said Police Assistance Hubs will also be established in places of convergence of people such as malls and churches.

“Even as preemptive security operations are underway, the PNP will continue to intensify the campaign against loose firearms and illegal discharge of firearms,” he added.

Espina said the campaign against criminal gangs and individuals will be supported by aggressive implementation of Oplan “Bakal” and Oplan “Sita” and strict implementation of Republic Act 7183 (Illegal Manufacture and Sale of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnics).

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