The police forces in Bohol have started to beef up its security as the Christmas season started with people rushing to malls for the holidays and influx of tourists from within and outside of the province.
Reports said Supt. Lorenzo Batuan of the Bohol Provincial Police Office said the forces here, numbering about 200, have been on alert.
The forces have been active since the hosting of the province of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Police have been putting special emphasis on densely-populated areas in the province, tourist areas, ports and other key vital installation
Criminal activities are expected to rise during the holidays and the police are looking for ways to mitigate if not eliminate the threats.
Police have resorted to the “patrol beat system” as a means to create more police presence with barangay tanods being tapped as force multipliers to keep the order and peace in different localities.
At the same time, the public is urged to keep the police informed about suspected elements especially in rural areas of the province.
Earlier, back in September, about 80 cops from Central Visayas were deployed in Bohol to augment the province’s police force.
Tagbilaran City police chief Supt. Patricio Degay Jr. said more than hald of the field training officers have been assigned to the city.
About 42 of the policemen were stationed in Tagbilaran and 38 were deployed in Tubigon.
The augmentation forces were distributed in highly populated areas as these are business districts in need of better security.