Social media effective tool against crime says La Union police

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SAN FERNANDO CITY July 11 (PIA) – For the La Union PNP, a slightly higher crime volume in the province for the first semester at 2,512 compared to only 2,492 during the same period last year was a result of a new crime-monitoring system.

Social MediaSupt. Julius Suriben, San Fernando city’s police chief, credits the power of technology and the social media which made it easier for the police to respond to crime incidents.

Suriben, who was named the best Police Community Relations Officer for 2014, said the police communicate with the other officers and the community using the short messaging service (SMS) and call through cellular phones and the new media.

The La Union police have opened their social media pages like facebook and twitter accounts which have become additional sources of information for crime incidents.

That the crime volume is up by few incidents was attributed to the new crime reporting system where violation of special laws like the use of seatbelt and helmet were included.

“Crime statistics may be high this semester but it implies one thing. Policemen are doing their tasks efficiently and effectively with the community’s shared efforts,” Suriben had said.

And as the PNP marks the Police Community Relations Month, both the city and provincial police have engaged the youth as their partner in monitoring schools against students who would violate the anti-bullying law.

A memorandum of understanding was signed with school officials of the Saint John Bosco College and public elementary and high schools making them a part of the efforts to prevent crimes inside the campuses.

Part of the agreement is to deputize students as junior police officers after they have undergone training on how to conduct crime monitoring. The youth were also involved in the PNP’s advocacy campaigns against illegal drugs. SAN FERNANDO CITY July 11 (PIA) – For the La Union PNP, a slightly higher crime volume in the province for the first semester at 2,512 compared to only 2,492 during the same period last year was a result of a new crime-monitoring system.

Supt. Julius Suriben, San Fernando city’s police chief, credits the power of technology and the social media which made it easier for the police to respond to crime incidents.

Suriben, who was named the best Police Community Relations Officer for 2014, said the police communicate with the other officers and the community using the short messaging service (SMS) and call through cellular phones and the new media.

The La Union police have opened their social media pages like facebook and twitter accounts which have become additional sources of information for crime incidents.

That the crime volume is up by few incidents was attributed to the new crime reporting system where violation of special laws like the use of seatbelt and helmet were included.

“Crime statistics may be high this semester but it implies one thing. Policemen are doing their tasks efficiently and effectively with the community’s shared efforts,” Suriben had said.

And as the PNP marks the Police Community Relations Month, both the city and provincial police have engaged the youth as their partner in monitoring schools against students who would violate the anti-bullying law.

A memorandum of understanding was signed with school officials of the Saint John Bosco College and public elementary and high schools making them a part of the efforts to prevent crimes inside the campuses.

Part of the agreement is to deputize students as junior police officers after they have undergone training on how to conduct crime monitoring. The youth were also involved in the PNP’s advocacy campaigns against illegal drugs. By Miriam Aquino (MCA/MPA/PIA1 La Union)

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