Cops must be on the road-A A +A
Thursday, August 7, 2014
IN OUR travels to Dumaguete City last month, we noticed that they have “Cops on Bikes” patrolling some tourist roads. In the evening, they patrol again the same area. During the hotter part of the day, the police patrol jeeps are moving around. We also noticed police on foot doing their rounds.
Truly, policemen are trained in their profession to maintain peace and order. Cops are not meant to stay inside their precincts and headquarters and wait for emergency calls on rescue and crimes. They must all be on patrol to ensure that crimes are prevented.
Police cars are meant to patrol in the evening and should have their light blinkers on to make sure everyone knows there are patrolmen around. This practice prevents crimes. And crimes do happen because policemen just wait for crimes to be reported. If someone is shot dead what is the use. But if the police were patrolling and the criminals see the policemen then crimes can be prevented.
In Bacolod, it was announced that there are “Cops on Bikes” but we do not see the bikes anymore, just the cops. Who brought home the bikes, asked the insurance agent during the coffee talk? Can the police city director not be strong-willed enough to do actions that could make society happier, he added. It is a simple job yet it seems so hard for them to do, said a retired banker.
Many think it is not only in Bacolod that this sad practice occurs. But why is it that the likes of Davao Mayor Rody Duterte can be serious in his service to his constituents. In our visit to Iloilo City the other day, we were told that Mayor Jed Mabilog succeeded in providing housing units to illegal settlers.
This means the success or failure in governance depends solely on the capability of each and every city dad depending on his priorities whether political interest or true service.
This column says hello to Philip Garcia, a happy birthday to Bing Piodos; Joseph Tan; Jan Lopue; Wax Torre; Chic Garcia; Jude Doctora and Nonong de la Cruz; Lito Aves and Winnie Flores.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 07, 2014.