THE POLICE Regional Office (PRO)-6 reported on August 20, 2018 that it has arrested 2,022 wanted persons in Western Visayas.
PRO-6 reported that from January to July this year, 1,772 wanted persons were arrested while 250 most wanted persons have been collared.
Most wanted persons are individuals who were on the police station’s top 10 most wanted list while the rest are considered wanted persons.
This year’s arrests were 5.25 percent higher compared to the same period in 2017 with 1,903 persons arrested.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) topped the most number of arrests with 642; followed by Iloilo PPO with 389 and Bacolod City PO with 256; Capiz PPO, 190; Iloilo City PO, 172; Aklan PPO, 149; Antique PPO, 146; and Guimaras PPO, 78.
Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, Western Visayas director, said the accomplishment proves that PRO-6 never lost focus in making the region a safer place.
Bulalacao said wanted persons have been on their radar, aside from focusing on the PNP’s campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality.
“The increase in the arrest of wanted persons plays a significant role in the crime environment having noted a decrease in crime volume for the said period,” he added.
Bulalacao stressed that the accounting of wanted persons is very important since it lessens the number of criminals in the streets who wait for the opportunity to prey on their targets.
Earlier, PRO-6 said that its vigorous law enforcement operations lowered the crime volume in the region by 45 percent – from 29,127 incidents in 2017, to 16,148 incidents in 2018.
Similarly, the statistics on eight Focus Crimes – murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, motornapping and carnapping – dropped by 69%.
To sustain the increasing accomplishment on accounting of wanted persons, the Regional Evaluation Committee has included the arrest of wanted persons as one of the bases in the evaluation of different units and station’s performances.