People feel safer with lower crime rates and efficient police officers – Año – Manila Bulletin


People now feel safer thanks to the fall in the crime rate and the improvement of the police’s efficiency in the fight against crime, the secretary of the Home Office and Local Government said. DILG), Eduardo Año, on the night of October 25.

During a briefing with the president, Año said the crime rate had fallen by 34% nationwide.

The largest reduction was recorded in the crimes listed with a decrease of 70 percent.

The listed crimes, based on the description of the Philippine National Police, are murder, manslaughter, robbery, theft, physical injury, rape and motor vehicle carp. These crimes serve as a common indicator of the country’s criminal experience due to their seriousness and frequency of occurrence.

In a detailed report, Año noted that the number of crimes listed in 2016 was 139,111, decreasing to 41,260 in 2020 and 27,523 from January to September 2021.

Citing the improvement in the national crime situation under the Duterte administration, Año said the volume of crime was on the decline from 584,883 in 2016, 383,189 in 2020 and 282,631 during the period. eight months of 2021.

Along with the government’s internal clean-up efforts, Año stressed that every complaint against rogue uniformed staff was thoroughly investigated leading to appropriate penalties and even dismissal from the service.

From July 2016 to September 2021, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) issued summary decisions to 4,947 police officers.

A total of 5,178 police officers, 16 firefighters and 50 prison staff were dismissed from the service due to various offenses.

The DILG chief also revealed that 84 police officers found positive for illegal drugs were fired from the service while 28 cops were arrested on illegal drug charges.

From 2916 to 2021, 307,521 drug figures were arrested with 13,244 identified as high value targets (HVT) in 213,504 illegal drug operations where P64.09 billion of illegal drugs were seized excluding of the P 10 billion of illegal drugs confiscated by anti-narcotics in the last two months.

The intensification of the Interagency Committee on Illicit Drugs (ICAD) campaign led to the clearance of 22,858 barangays and the establishment of 22 regional drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs under the supervision of the Ministry of Health (DOH).

Año revealed that under the Philippine National Police (PNP) program, 50 percent of the 1.2 million arrested drug addicts who were treated at the facility completed the project. (Chito A. Chavez)



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