The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it will prioritize the deployment of personnel in barangays that are identified as prone to crimes.
At a televised public briefing, PNP public information office chief Police Colonel Redrico Maranan said it is among the focus of the newly installed PNP chief Police General Benjamin Acorda Jr.
"Na-identify na po natin yan. Yan po ang magiging priority ng deployment natin doon sa mga crime-prone barangays," Maranan said.
(We already identified these areas. These crime-prone barangays will be the priority for the deployment of police personnel.)
He added that they already tapped the concerned Police Regional Offices that will lead the operations.
Meanwhile, Maranan said the crime volume from January to May so far has gone down by 11.36% compared to the record last year during the same period.
According to him, the number of eight focus crimes dropped to 12,226 from 15,763.
The eight focus crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping of motor vehicles, and carnapping of motorcycles. —VAL, GMA Integrated News