THE Western Visayas Regional Police office started training some of its personnel in bicycle proficiency handling in a bid to improve crime-fighting capability especially in far-flung areas of the region.
Regional Police commander, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said on Thursday that an initial batch of 40 policemen from various provincial offices in the region are undergoing a 10-day training on bike proficiency.
“An initial batch of 40 police personnel are undergoing training in Camp Delgado as bike patrollers as part of our efforts to improve police services,” Cruz said.
The police official said that once the police personnel completed their training, they would be immediately deployed to patrol areas that cannot be reached by ordinary patrol vehicles.
“They are also expected to enhance police visibility places of convergence in highly urbanized cities and various tourist spots in the region,” Cruz said.
The Western Visayas region is home to Boracay, a famous tourist destination spot in the country where thousands of foreign and domestic tourists throng to every year.
Besides Bike Patrol training, several police personnel from the region are also undergoing training as handlers of the Barangay Information Network (BIN).
The training, according to Cruz, is aimed to develop their personnel as competent trainers and handlers of informants in every locality in the region.
“It will enable to train BIN informants in an individual basis and to provide them with basic knowledge and skills on identifying threats and threat groups in their respective communities,” Cruz said.
The police official added that the establishment of BIN in every community will support the information operations and intelligence collection activities of the Philippine National Police.
“Our BIN informants will serve as the ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ of our police in every community in the region,” Cruz said.
The police official said that around 142 uniformed police personnel have been selected in different police units in Panay and Guimaras as participants in the first batch training of BIN handling.