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50 Caraga policemen trained for TOPCOP tourism program

Fifty members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from Caraga Region on Friday, April 15 ended their 3-day special training course for law enforcers that will form the core of Caraga’s Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOP COP) program.

The program, organized by the Department of Tourism in partnership with the PNP, aimed at equipping the local police with the necessary knowledge and skills in performing their duties when deployed in the key tourist destinations of the region.

Speaking on the occasion, City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said he is optimistic that tourists and visitors will not be hesitant to come to the region because they are assured that their visit will be safe and pleasant.

The seminar, which started on April 13 and ended on April 15, was held at the City Cultural Center, City Hall Compound this city.

Meantime, PC/Insp. Charlie Cabradilla, one of the participants, said the special training course provides them with another opportunity to serve the people not just as peacekeepers of their areas of assignment but tourist guides as well.

The TOP Cop program is a sustained crime prevention package anchored on the day-and-night police visibility for a no-nonsense, zero-tolerance enforcement of laws and ordinances in areas where tourists thrive. The enforcers will not concentrate only on criminal offenses but also violations of ordinances like anti-littering, anti-jaywalking, anti-mendicancy, anti-illegal vending and anti-vandalism. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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