27 April 2021 – Some 1,489 wanted persons were successfully arrested by personnel of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) from December 2019 to March 2021 with the enhanced operations to sustain law and order in the city.
BCPO Outgoing City Director Police Col. Allen Rae F. Co disclosed that the arrested wanted persons is composed of six top most wanted persons in the regional level, 18 from the city level, six from the provincial level, 17 from the municipal level and 135 from the station level.
Further, law enforcers were able to account for some 108 out of the 110 top most wanted persons of the BCPO aside from the 1,307 other wanted persons were arrested and accounted during the period December 2019 to March 2021.
On anti-illegal drugs campaign, the BCPO reported that law enforcers were able to conduct 112 operations that resulted to the arrest of 152 persons involved in the illegal drug trade and the confiscation of shabu and marijuana with a total market value of P4.75 million.
On the campaign against lose firearms, BCPO was able to account for some 66 assorted firearms where 17 firearms were confiscated and 49 firearms were surrendered with 19 individuals arrested that caused the filing of the appropriate charges against them.
Co pointed that the aforesaid accomplishments were realized through the conduct of various checkpoints and the service of search warrants issued by the different courts.
On environmental preservation and protection, the police official stated that law enforcers were able to arrest eight persons allegedly involved in illegal logging during the conduct of four anti-illegal logging operations where a total of P1,375 board feet of illegal lumber were confiscated with an assessed value of P59,591.
BCPO was also able to shine as it was able to garner various awards in 2020 where it was adjudged as the Outstanding City Police office for Police Community Relations for the year and Col. Co was able to receive the recognition as Special Awardee for COVID-19 Pandemic Operations nationwide, best Senior Police Commissioned Officer for Operations for the Year, Best PCR Senior Police Commissioned Officer for the Year and as PNPA Gen. Vicente Lim National Awardee.
He pointed out that BCPO’s core values of communication, collaboration and commitment embodied all the accomplishments that people had for the past several months and with its program on “Bisita Co, Alaga Co,” keeping all of the people safe is the mantra that resonates every action of law enforcers.
He assured that the men and women in uniform will not sit on their laurels and that law enforcers will continue to challenge themselves to achieve more and produce more significant accomplishments that will better the lives of the people that they serve.
With the people by their side, Co emphasized that law enforcers will be able to earn the right and be worthy of the title “Baguio Pulis, Pulis Ko Ito” and that it is now the time for people to seize the opportunity as they are very much fortunate indeed to have transformational and inspirational leaders. – Dexter A. See