77 Region 1 cops trained to go after motorcycle-riding criminals

CAMP OSCAR FLORENDO, La Union, Aug. 22 (PNA) — The days of criminals riding in tandem on motorcycle in the Ilocos Region are now numbered.

This, after a total of 77 policemen from different units of the police in the region completed a 45-day motorcycle-driving course (MRC) that gives them a better edge over the criminals using motorcycles when they attack their victims.

Senior Supt. Allan Parreno, deputy regional director for administration of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1), said the graduates will be deployed as members of the Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO).

He confirmed that the graduates will intensify PRO 1’s anti-criminality campaign particularly in curbing crimes against motorcycle riding criminals who shoot their victims while on motorcycles.

The deputy police regional director spoke during the graduation of the trainees at the PRO 1 grandstand in the morning of August 22.

“Our newly trained motorcycle riders will be addressing crimes perpetrated by motorcycle riding criminals and will also do some protective measures to shoo away criminals that may be victimizing our constituents,” he said.

He likewise encouraged the lawmen riders to become bolder and more confident in performing their tasks, no matter the risks and obstacles along the way.

“If you can now jump a four-feet obstacle with ease and confidence despite the tremendous risks, I am certain you have developed even more confidence and courage to run after the evil elements and even lay your life on the line,” Parreno said.

In the same occasion, Sr. Supt. Fortunato Guerrero, chief of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 1 (RHPU1), said knowledge of advanced motorcycle riding techniques will be useful in anti-crime operations especially against motorcycle riding criminals.

The training provided the participants with basic scientific motorcycle-riding techniques, correct riding posture, confidence in riding, jumping, long ride and others. It also taught participants to learn how to control their motorcycles during rainy and slippery situations and when passing through congested traffic as well as hazard awareness.

Started June 23, the training was participated in by 13 police commissioned officers and 64 non-commissioned officers assigned with different police units of Region 1. (PNA)