JUST like in the past, heightened police visibility will be enforced during the opening of classes starting June 4, 2018.
Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, Western Visayas police chief, said they are have mapped out preparations relative to the implementation of Oplan Ligtas Balik Eskwela.
More than 1,000 police officers are on reserve in case provincial and city police offices would request for augmentation.
The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has already asked for an additional of 700 policemen to augment its existing force.
But aside from implementing the usual security protocol, Binag said he instructed field units to conduct risk and vulnerability assessment among schools.
“By assessing what could be the risk factors, we would know their security needs,” Binag said.
Aside from crimes, the police were told to carry out their anti-illegal drugs campaign.
Binag said they would also be tapping force multipliers in their anti-criminality campaign.
Aside from schools, police would also be visible in roads, malls, and transport terminals.
Senior Inspector Shella Mae Sangrines, ICPO spokesperson, said they would also be on the look-out for petty criminals.
Sangrines said police visibility will be of importance to the schools and the public.
“We can say that all systems are now set and ready in terms of security preparations for the month of June. We are just waiting for the signal to deploy the detailed police officers and augmentation personnel from Police Regional Office 6,” she said in an interview.
Apart from security concerns of the students, another reason for the deployment is the convergence of people in public places which will cause heavy traffic.
While pickpockets and thieves usually regard school opening as an opportune time to carry out their acts, Sangrines said they would field policemen to run after these street criminals.
Still, police said that vigilance would still be a potent force not to fall on these criminals. (With a report from Leslie Ann D. Lagrada, WVSU intern)