The Caraga Police Office has stepped up the training of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) in every barangay in the region to enhance its anti-criminality and peace-keeping capacity.
Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix, Caraga police director, said there’s a need to train village peacekeeping volunteers because they play a crucial part in its anti-criminality drive in the region.
“The local communities, especially the BPATs play a key role in helping our police in curbing criminality,” Felix said.
Felix said all chiefs of police of different Municipal Police Station (MPS) would spearhead in the said training which would cover BAPTs’ roles, duties and responsibilities, the First Responders duties and responsibilities, basic hand cuffing techniques, basic human rights of a person and the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004.
A peace-keeping force, BPAT was introduced by the PNP as part of its strategy to involve the community in minimizing criminality in the country.
Composed of barangay captains, barangay tanods, and volunteers from other stakeholders, BPAT’s main components are– Law Enforcement/Community Policing, People’s Organization, Search and Rescue, Environmental Protection and Barangay Justice System.
Recently, the Talacogon Municipal Police Station in Agusan del Sur conducted BPATs training which was participated in by the barangay captains of San Agustin, San Nicolas, Buena Gracia, Culiram, La Flora, Maharlika, Sabang Gibong and Zillovia. By CLC