Butuan police step up crackdown on youth gangs

Placer                                                                                                                            Photo courtesy of PIA-Caraga

The Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) has launched a citywide crackdown on gangs composed mainly of minors which has become a perennial problem and threat to the peace and order in the city.

Sr. Supt. Percival Augustus Placer, Butuan police director, said the past few months saw youth gangs committed serious crimes ranging from robbery, extortion, inflicting physical injury on another person, riot and theft.

According to Placer, the alarming proliferation of Butuan-based youth crime gangs could be attributed to several factors: culture of gangsterism in schools, parental neglect and other domestic factors.

The city police director said he already ordered his men to intensify the profiling and monitoring of activities of youth and street criminal gangs, and police visibility in areas where gang wars occur.

He said the BPCO also sought the assistance of the city social welfare office, local council, the department of education,and barangay councils to address the problem of youth gangsterism.

Last week, authorities rounded up two alleged leaders of the notorious Rebel Dogs Gang following a police crackdown. By Ben Serrano and CLC

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