Cops praised for mapping crime areas

By Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2015 05:18 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2015 01:18 AM

MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas congratulated elements of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on the successful launch of Oplan Lambat-Simbat, which uses statistics to combat crime.

Lambat-Simbat was launched earlier this year wherein station commanders in Metro Manila submit verified statistics to Camp Crame based on police blotters.

The numbers are then consolidated and the Philippine National Police is able to map out areas where there is a high number of crime incidents. They then augment police forces in those areas. Police commanders are also assessed and have been sacked from this post based on the numbers.

Roxas cited that there was an average of 1,000 crime incidents per week when the program started but the number has been cut in half.

"This is not empty rhetoric. Nakikita natin ang estatistika, pero sa likod ng estatistika na iyan sa pagtala ng one robbery, one theft sa bawat pagsulat sa blotter sa kahit anong istasyon mayroong tao na nasa likod niyan. Ang krimen ay personal para sa mga biktima nito, nasirang buhay at kabuhayan nito, mga naulila at mga nawalan, ang mga biktima ay may pagnanasang makita ang katarungan," he said in his speech during the PNP's "New Year's Call" event at Camp Crame.

After testing the program in NCR, the PNP is planning on implementing Oplan Lambat-Simbat in Region 3 and 4A before rolling out the system in the entire country.

Roxas also cited the PNP for arresting 139 suspects of the 440 listed as "Most Wanted" by the police in 2014.

For their efforts, the DILG chief promised the institution that the national government will continue to modernize the PNP.

Roxas said the PNP will acquire 15,000 additional pistols this year. He said that in 2014, the PNP finally had a 1:1 ratio of police officers to pistols for the first time in history.

He also told the PNP that the national government is planning on acquiring 1,581 additional patrol vehicles.