BACOLOD City – City Councilor Caesar Distrito urged the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to intensify police visibility in city centers, especially in the downtown area where petty crimes are escalating.
Distrito, who addressed the city police force on Sept 11, 2017, said that more police officers must be deployed to Lacson Street, East Area, and Shopping Area to deter theft and robbery incidents.
Distrito also urged the policemen to be more proactive rather than reactive.
“They should be in the streets and visible rather than staying in their office, and will just go out if there is traffic accident,” he added.
He also asked them to be more aggressive in operations against vandalism and no smoking violators.
Distrito further appealed to the police forces to strictly enforce the curfew for minors.
Meanwhile, Distrito said the Bacolod Anti-Smoking TaskForce Action Team nabbed 17 persons for smoking in public places.
The violators were caught at the Bacolod Central Market, Plaza Mart and areas surrounding the La Consolacion College-Bacolod.
Violators were issued citation tickets and were informed to settle the fine within five working days to avoid legal charges and imprisonment.
Distrito, vice chairperson of the task force, said that the team is now ready to issue citation tickets to violators and members of the action team will regularly conduct operations particularly in the downtown area, schools and public places within the City of Bacolod.