New PRO-7 chief to strengthen crime prevention program
CHIEF Supt. Marcelo Garbo vowed to intensify crime prevention efforts as he assumed the post of director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7).
Garbo said he will focus on the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS), which he implemented as PRO-7 deputy regional director for operations from 2008 to 2010.
Under PIPS, more policemen will be deployed in crowded areas and civilian volunteers will be tapped in preventing crimes.
In a turnover ceremony last Monday, Director General Nicanor Bartolome, chief of the Philippine National Police, installed Garbo as the new PRO-7 chief, replacing Chief Supt. Ager Ontog.
Bartolome said the achievements of Ontog should inspire Garbo in leading the 5,000-strong policemen in Central Visayas.
In his speech, Ontog cited accomplishments during his stint such as the foiling of the Sept. 5 armored van robbery at the Robinsons Place and the raid on unlicensed gun manufacturers in Danao City where 13 persons were arrested./CORRESPONDENT CHITO O. ARAGON
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