CCPO checks cops’ readiness

By: Rhobie A. Ruaya May 26,2016 - 10:18 PM
ROBBERY SIMULATION/MAY 26,2016: Cebu City policemen arrested a suspected robbers during a simulated robbery alarm who robbed a lending firm along Panganiban St. The suspects were arrested less than an hour in the vicinity of Chinese museum along P. Burgos St. (CDN PHOTO/TONEE DESPOJO)

Policemen arrest a suspected robber during a simulation exercise conducted by the Cebu City Police Office. (CDN PHOTO/TONEE DESPOJO)

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) staged a simulation exercise to test the readiness of its policemen and operatives in responding to crime incidents yesterday.

“Nag-simulation mi karon para ma-familiarize ang process aning tulis kay daghan naman nahitabo ani karon (We hold simulation to familiarize the process in responding to robbery incident which is rampant now),” team leader Senior Insp. Proferio Gabuya said.

The simulation involved robbery and hostage-taking, including checkpoints, assault teams, medical evacuations, crime scene investigation and homicide to overall practice crisis management.

The simulation started at robbing a lending firm in Panganiban Street in Barangay Pahina Central and ended with the arrest of the suspects at a checkpoint along P. Burgos Street, near Cebu City Hall.

P. Burgos Street was found to be a strategic escape route for suspects. The simulation was to ensure arrest of the suspects by the blocking force from the different police stations in the city.

After the simulation, some areas that need improvement were noted, such as the communication facilities, proper use of communication devices and the individual role of police officers.

Overall, the simulation was satisfactory and was done in less than an hour.

“At least naa tay (we have) preparation, kay wala man ta kabalo kung kanus-a jud ni mahitabo, at least naka-mind-set na sa ato-a (because we don’t know when will it happen, at least we instill in our minds the simulation exercise),” said Gabuya.

Proper approach to armed suspects and manner of arresting suspects were also practiced during the simulation.

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