ABOUT 100 members of the Manila Police District (MPD) undergo training to become part of the Bike Patrol Unit. After their five-day training, they will be dispatched to congested areas of the city to deter street crimes. (Ali Vicoy)
The Manila Police District (MPD) will deploy men on bicycles to patrol the streets, particularly tourist spots such as Intramuros and Rizal Park.
According to Police Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., MPD director, 100 police personnel will be deployed after finishing a five-day training first to be administered by police experts.
The Manila top cop said the training includes shooting techniques, first aid, obstacle courses and human rights policies.
Danao said the bike patrollers will also be a big help in pursuing crime suspects in congested areas in Manila.
“This will be used for deployment in crime-prone areas in the city where mobile patrols can’t enter. This will be a big help especially in entering the small alleyways in downtown area,” he said.
Police personnel will patrol in pairs wearing their type C uniform, blue shirt and shorts, reflective vests and helmets, he added.
This initiative was also done in Davao led by Danao where he once served as the police chief.
On Thursday, the MPD started the training of 80 policemen for its Bike Patrol Unit in Paco, Manila.
The 50 bicycles were donated by the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association Inc.