MANILA � After securing the opening of public schools last week, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) cops have been ordered to remain on their posts as classes in private schools begin this week.
This actually means additional areas of operations for our personnel but there is no problem with that, NCRPO director, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency.
We have been doing this every year and we are banking on the lessons learned and experiences of our commanders and personnel on the ground, he added.
Eleazar directed the five police districts in Metro Manila to boost their security measures to include the private schools.
He stressed that police presence near the schools has been proven to deter crimes.
The NCRPO chief said students have to be protected since some of them may be carrying payment for their tuition and other school expenses.
Our focus will be on conduct of beat patrols to protect students from out-of-school youth bullies and criminal elements that also include drug traffickers, Eleazar said.
He said police assistance desks will be maintained aside from police foot patrol.
Last week, a total 7,153 policemen were deployed in various schools in Metro Manila, resulting in a peaceful opening of classes in public schools. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency