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Barangay officials to undergo seminar on crime scene preservation

Cebu City (28 September) -- Barangay officials and tanods will soon undergo an orientation workshop that will arm them with the necessary knowledge on how to preserve crime scenes which is vital in police investigations.

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO-7) C/Inspector Romer Daguno said the main problem confronting the SOCO team is the contamination of evidences in the actual scene of the crime.

Evidences must remain intact so that police investigators could gather accurate information and data based on the untouched proof in place when the crime transpired, Daguno said.

Daguno said the SOCO team has mostly observed that when responding to the scene of the crime, the area has already been contaminated or disturbed which can grossly affect the conduct of the investigation.

Because of such common observation, the SOCO plans to undertake a series of orientation workshops to barangay officials and tanods the importance of preserving the scene of the crime and ward off any individuals that might mess up the actual evidences.

Barangay officials and tanods are often the ones that get to the scene of the crime first so it is very important that they need to know how to respond to such cases without spoiling any solid proof within the area, according to Daguno.

The SOCO has already conducted its first seminar workshop with Talisay City Police Station personnel as its first pilot case attended by barangay officials, it is learned.

The SOCO plans to present their program to the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) during its regular meeting when the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-7) is around as the Liga ng mga Barangay is under the agency.

Daguno asked for the public's understanding when the SOCO team is delayed in responding to the scene of the crime as it has only one team that services not only the whole province of Cebu but in the region as well.

"The SOCO team operates 24 hours a day seven times a week. Despite the lack of manpower, we will still try our best to render quality services to the public," Daguno quoted. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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