CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Despite successive reported crime incidents here, Cagayan de Oro Police Office’s (COCPO) Deputy Director for Operation PLtCol Surki Sereñas assured that the peace and order situation in the city is normal and the crime rate has remained manageable.
During the Security Briefing held by the Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, August 3, at Grand Caprice Restaurant, here, Sereñas said they are maximizing deployment of personnel.
“With a 1:755 police to population ratio, the PNP is maximizing the deployment of our personnel in all strategic areas to prevent crime and ensure public safety,” Sereñas said.
He also said their office is conducting various police operations and preemptive mobile patrols and checkpoints as part of their anti-criminality and terrorism campaign. Aside from that, they are continuously monitoring the activities of threat groups together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies.
COCPO also reported they have seen a decrease in the total number of crimes committed from 3,725 in November 25, 2020-July 28, 2021, to 2,831 of the following year or a reduction of 894 or 24%. Further, for the past 28 weeks from January 2022 to date, the city only averaged ten index crimes per week, which is lower compared to other highly urbanized areas.
The law enforcement agency assured Kagay-anons that they are doing their best to prevent and solve crimes that are happening in the city.
They also remind the public to continue to be vigilant in their surroundings and report any suspicious individual or group to the nearest police station or their hotline. (JAKA/PIA-10)