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Ifugao police proactive policing approach ordinance passed

by Dan B. Codamon

Lagawe, Ifugao (6 February) -- Cognizant of the factors setting back the anti-criminality and peace and order initiatives in the province, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) passed an Ordinance known as the Ifugao Police Pro-active Policing Approach" (IPPA).

The ordinance aims to address the two factors causing the setback which are the weak bond of the police with the community and the reactive concept of policing in which the police only waits for the summon from the community after a crime has been committed and also the reactive response of the community to call the police after the consummation of a crime.

The IPPA has five basic aspects of implementation with the first as Paradigm Shifting that will make the police proactive rather than reactive by mandating them to attend seminars and lectures regarding the IPPA so that they can explain to the community through dialogues or interactions this new police approach.

This information and education campaign will enable them to gather feedbacks and exchange ideas with the people for the implementation of the IPPA.

Second aspect is the Advocacy of Police Proactive Services that involves the establishment of Police Service Centers/Tourist Assistance Centers in the different communities to serve as fixed visibility points of Ifugao policemen.

It shall also institutionalize proactive services among Ifugao police and the community by providing security in any community occasion or activity, conduct foot or mobile patrol along national highways and main thoroughfares, maintain police visibility in the barangays and schools as well as the management and control of traffic in traffic accident-prone areas.

They will also promptly investigate crime, accidents and effectively arrest criminals or wanted persons in the locality including rendering assistance during accidents or calamities.

The third aspect is Mutual Participation wherein the police shall establish and institutionalize linkages and networks between and among the policemen and the community it serves by the organization of police auxiliaries, barangay tanods, security guards and people's organization.

Fourth is the Institutionalization of the IPPA in all police units of Ifugao to strengthen police and community partnership and to serve as guide for the policemen in carrying out their functions and duties.

The fifth aspect is the Responsibility for Implementation and Sustainability of IPPPA which will be the primary duty of the Ifugao Police Provincial Office with the assistance of the local government units and the cooperation of the communities.

The Ordinance provides that any police found violating the provisions of this local law if proven guilty in an administrative proceeding shall be suspended for one month, six months for the second offense and dismissal if committed for the third time. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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